Five Reasons the Oscar Pistorius Case Isn't a Slam Dunk

The Olympic athlete admitted to shooting his girlfriend to death on Valentine's Day 2013, but was it an accident or premeditated?


It's clear that Pistorius has the best legal team money can buy. The key figure is defense lawyer Barry Roux, a man described as a tough-talking "legal gun for hire," according to reports. When he cross-examined then-lead investigator Botha, a South African journalist tweeted: "This is like watching a baby seal getting clubbed." Also on the runner's defense team is Kenny Oldwage, who famously secured an acquittal for a driver who killed Nelson Mandela’s 13-year-old great-grandchild in a 2010 accident. But the trial promises a fair legal battle, since the prosecution's team is led by chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who has more than 30 years of experience. Nel is known for taking big cases, including former national police commissioner and Interpol president Jackie Selebi, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for corruption.