Today’s ZOMG! news bulletin:
Nine days after his arrest in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Oscar Pistorius has been released on bail.
A judge granted bail to the double-amputee athlete Friday on the fourth day of his bail hearing.
In announcing his decision, Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair said that the state had not provided enough evidence to convince him that the international athlete was a flight risk.
Pistorius is charged with one count of premeditated murder over the Feb. 14 killing of Reeva Steenkamp. He says he accidentally shot her, thinking she was a dangerous intruder inside his home, lurking in a toilet stall off his bedroom.
The magistrate set bail at 1,000,000 South African rand (approx. $112,800), Reuters reported. Pistorius was also ordered to stay away from his home and witnesses, is prohibited from drinking alcohol, and must turn in his passport and his firearms He must also report to the police station twice a week.
The prosecution vehemently opposed bail, calling the Olympian also known as the “Blade Runner” a flight risk.
Who the hell is Oscar Pistorius and why should I care? Why is my twitter stream been clogged for days with his name?
Near as I can tell he is a minor sports celebrity from South Africa who is accused of killing his girlfriend. So what? Murders are a dime a dozen here in the U.S, we don’t need to import them.
The fact that Oscar Pistorius is a “story” tells you all you need to know about our news media. (They seriously suck.)
Let’s get back to the important stuff like the breathless blow-by-blow coverage of Chris Brown and Rihanna.