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Judge in Pistorius Trial: Who Is Judge Thokozile Masipa?

September 14, 2014

For the most part, she remained a steely but passive observer of the dramatic Oscar Pistorius case as it played out in court in front of her.

But Judge Thokozile Masipa is the only person whose thoughts on whether the athlete murdered his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in cold blood, or was the unfortunate catalyst of a tragic accident, matters as she delivers the verdict on 11 September.

If convicted of premeditated murder, he faces 25 years to life imprisonment. A lesser murder charge would see him behind bars for 10 years. Or she could acquit him altogether, which would see him walk free.


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