A good looking, world beating athlete. A beautiful, dead victim. Another OJ Simpson trial begins in South Africa, except there are some key differences.
One of the attorneys who represented OJ Simpson, Robert Shapiro identified the key similarities between the two trials with their superstar defendants and the police problems with both investigations.
The South African legal system, however, is quite different from the US. Jury trials in South Africa were abolished in the 1930s due to the then apartheid regime.
And it is going to be a case in South Africa where, unlike OJ Simpson, Oscar Pistorius will testify. Further, as Robert Shapiro noted in an interview with MSNBC the issue with the Pistorius case is ‘What is it?’ rather than ‘Who did it?’
Pistorius claimed that he has mistaken his girlfriend for an intruder behind a bathroom door and, not realizing that she was not in bed, opened fire with a licensed 9 mm he took from under his pillow and shot her repeatedly through the bathroom door.
But details soon emerged that neighbors complained of shouting from the house leading up to the shooting, and police officials said they had been called to the Pistorius home for “previous incidents of a domestic nature.”
However there is one very significant similarity with the OJ Simpson trial. The media circus, complete with a massive media throng, TV news trucks and journalists arriving at the Pretoria courthouse daily, will see the world’s media as captivated by the trial like few that have gone before.
Other than OJ Simpson’s, of course.