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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Saturday, April 19, 2014

"In Pistorius Trial, Critics See a Justice System Favoring the Rich and Famous"

From The New York Times:

PRETORIA, South Africa — Before the murder trial of the double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius opened, a judge who ruled that most of it could be broadcast said his decision would counter the notion that South African justice treated the rich and famous “with kid gloves” while it was “harsh on the poor and vulnerable.”

Almost seven weeks after the hearings started, many lawyers here say it has proved just the opposite. What has become a season of high-profile cases has turned an unusually unforgiving spotlight on a justice system that likes to depict itself as among the most sophisticated in Africa, or even the world.

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