Pistorius Verdict Questioned
Pretoria – Lawyers and legal academics expressed surprise at the dismissal of murder charges against Oscar Pistorius on Thursday, with critics saying Judge Thokozile Masipa had been too lenient.
“I’m shocked,” said criminal lawyer Martin Hood, after Masipa said the prosecution had not made the case for murder or premeditated murder.
“I think she’s going to get quite a lot of criticism from the judiciary and the legal system,” said the Johannesburg-based lawyer.
“The consensus is that she hasn’t got it right.”