Oscar Pistorius: Closing Arguments End, Ruling 9/11

Closing arguments have ended in the Oscar Pistorius trial. The judge will issue her ruling on September 11.

You can listen to the arguments on Soundcloud here.

The defense said it comes down the 20 seconds where he was standing at the entrance to the bathroom. He was standing there without legs, facing the door. He hears the sounds and fires the shot - was that reasonable? If the judge finds that was reasonable, she must acquit him.

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    20 Seconds? (none / 0) (#1)
    by RickyJim on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 04:59:32 PM EST
    I don't remember hearing before that Oscar claimed to be standing right in front of the bathroom door, comtemplating what to do, for 20 seconds and then firing.  I thought he also claimed that he shouted at the person inside to get the f*** out of his house.  It is not credible that at the end of the 20 seconds he didn't know where Reva was.

    Or, (none / 0) (#2)
    by NYShooter on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 05:16:37 PM EST
    "It is not credible that at the end of the 20 seconds" he should not have known "where Reva was," for which he could be found guilty of culpable homicide (manslaughter):

    To Find That He Did Not Know (none / 0) (#3)
    by RickyJim on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 05:46:35 PM EST
    after 20 seconds that she was behind the door we would have to believe that he didn't initially know she was there AND she didn't reply to his shouting. That combo is beyond my gul..  

    Yep (none / 0) (#4)
    by jbindc on Sat Aug 09, 2014 at 09:14:43 AM EST
    If you claim at one point that you were concerned for the woman who was sleeping in your bed that night, but then you just supposedly stand outside a bathroom door for 20 seconds (where you think an intruder is) without trying to find her, then something is fishy.

    Like your whole defense.