Oscar trial bigger than OJ Simpson case
11 September, 07:21 AM
Criminal law expert William Booth believes the Oscar Pistorius trial is far bigger than the infamous OJ Simpson case.
Americans have struggled to compare the Pistorius case, says the Washington Post, which is why they opt for OJ Simpson: two sports stars, two glamorous blondes.
Yet as both the Post, the Christian Science Monitor and our own SABC have pointed out, Pistorius was a bigger star than Simpson was at the time of Steenkamp’s death.
Pistorius had won two gold medals at the London Paralympics just months before. “He was very much at his peak”, said the Post. Simpson, a football star, wasn’t well known internationally.
The evidence was different - Simpson’s case revolved around proving whether or not he was at the scene, while Pistorius readily admitted he was.
Many felt that as a black man in America, Simpson faced bias. As a white man in South Africa, Pistorius's race has given way to another debate: gun use in the country.
The Post concludes: “The biggest difference right now, is that no one knows what will happen in the Pistorius case. People might disagree with the verdict in the Simpson case, but he was found not guilty.”
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