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    Now that all the stories about his hot-temperedness and jealousy are coming to light, I guess some points in the CNN article are spot-on. It's not a surprise he's in this situation.

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    There is a police brutality and South African violence link in that article that I found interesting. I have noted a parallel to American gun culture and South African, and have wondered if the history of racial animosity instigates it in both countries.
    Figure skating is hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snoopy View Post
    There is a police brutality and South African violence link in that article that I found interesting. I have noted a parallel to American gun culture and South African, and have wondered if the history of racial animosity instigates it in both countries.
    South Africa's post-apartheid culture does seem to be a culture of crime and violence. And it's sad that they are living this way - the stories of robbery, rape and murder are frightening. But the only link between this, Oscar and Reeva is that it gave him easier access to a gun. I think this would have ended badly even without guns factored in. It's more about domestic violence and specifically, violence towards women.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex View Post
    Now that all the stories about his hot-temperedness and jealousy are coming to light, I guess some points in the CNN article are spot-on. It's not a surprise he's in this situation.
    I haven't read these; in the US, media has cooled down a bit. I'll go check CNN and the UK news sites. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex View Post
    South Africa's post-apartheid culture does seem to be a culture of crime and violence.
    The level of crime of violence is a result of rampant inequality and the number of people living in poverty. Isn't SA the country with the most unequal wealth distribution in the world?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggy View Post
    The level of crime of violence is a result of rampant inequality and the number of people living in poverty. Isn't SA the country with the most unequal wealth distribution in the world?
    So they say.

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    A judge has ruled that Oscar can leave the country to compete - although no firm dates set yet.

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    Wow, if that's not preferred treatment I don't know what is.

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    While this article says he has no plans to compete anytime soon, his lawyers got every restriction they had appealed lifted:

    http://www.salon.com/2013/03/28/cour...um%29_7_30_110
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    Amanda Knox needs to hire his legal team.

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    I would guess that being one of the most famous athletes in SA works to his benefit.
    Figure skating is hard.

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    I'm kind of shocked actually, can't help but wonder if he will try to flee, nah he's got too much family in South Africa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Desperado View Post
    Wow, if that's not preferred treatment I don't know what is.
    It's not like he's realistically going to flee. Innocent until proven guilty. I see nothing wrong with allowing him to continue competing, if he so wished.

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    It depends on the probability of a long prison sentence though, doesn't it? If this is high, he might decide to spend his life in another country instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asli View Post
    It depends on the probability of a long prison sentence though, doesn't it? If this is high, he might decide to spend his life in another country instead.
    Surely the judge considered all this...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggy View Post
    It's not like he's realistically going to flee. Innocent until proven guilty. I see nothing wrong with allowing him to continue competing, if he so wished.
    I just doubt the fact that someone else accused of murder but with less means than Pistorius would be allowed to leave the country.

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    He's too well known to just disappear so he's not a flight risk, and he needs to travel to earn a living. Despite the rush to convict him in the tabloids he is innocent until proven guilty - especially given the incompetence and corruption of the S African police.

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    Why? WHY? Why would he EVER want to go back to that house though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinsissv View Post
    Why? WHY? Why would he EVER want to go back to that house though?
    I guess he doesn't actually want to go live there but it is his home and he may want to get possessions from it. He may also want to talk through his defence with his lawyers - and showing them step by step what he did that night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinsissv View Post
    Why? WHY? Why would he EVER want to go back to that house though?
    He may believe that an item that could have been used in the case against him has not yet been identified as such by detectives, or perhaps wasn't even located, and he wants to remove that item from his house.

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