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Oscar Pistorius, the Rich and famous

Over the years, many famous murder trials filled the media. Many celebrity and child star found themselves in the dock, literally fighting for their lives. Former American Football star O J Simpson (1995) and recently closer to home, Paralympics athlete Oscar Pistorius, hip hop star Jub Jub and British businessman Shrien Dewani are some of these high profile cases.

Astronomical Trial Costs

Such trials not only cost the state millions in taxpayer’s hard earned money, but the accused is sometimes left penniless after such an ordeal. Guilty or not, Oscar Pistorius is already paying quite an expensive price to defend himself. With no current income and astronomical legal fees, he is now left vulnerable and stripped from fame.

Media Circus

For the duration of these trials, it was on everybody’s lips as the daily drama unfolded. Usually the ones pro the famous defendant, would spark some heated debate when “their man” were being torn apart by prosecution supporters. Many times the media was accused for turning these trials into a circus. The Oscar Pistorius trial is no exception. Sadly, such events would spare no human feelings; neither those of the defendant, nor the victim’s loved ones.

Fair Ruling?

No matter whom the celebrity was or in which favor the judge or jury ruled, there was always some controversy. Before judging the judge, we should understand that deciding about someone else’s fate can never be easy. It caused quite a sensation when the court only ruled on culpable homicide and found O J Simpson not guilty for the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and waiter Ronald Lyle Goldman. When Judge Thokozile Matilda Masipa ruled for culpable homicide in the Oscar Pistorius case, she was broadly accused of feeling sorry for the weeping athlete. Rumors have it that this influenced the sentences of drag racing Molemo ‘Jub Jub’ Maarohanye and co-accused Themba Tshabalala to culpable homicide as well. They killed four school boys and left two with permanent brain damage after smashing their car into the group. The upcoming trial of Shrien Dewani is the latest media sensation. Will the court rule on culpable homicide too and also find him not guilty of conspiring to killing his wife, Anni in 2010? Only time will tell ….

Honoring the Victims

Reeva Steenkamp, Nicole Brown Simpson, Anni Devani and those school boys lost their lives while they were all still fairly young. While we are all so consumed by the sensation of the court cases, it would only be fair to at least think of and honor those innocent victims.