Archive for Sep, 2014

*** This is a revised and substantially expanded version of the post “Unsuccessful attempts to Justify Judge Masipa’s Errors”. It is organised around themes rather than individual commentators. *** Introduction There is something deeply disturbing about many of the attempts that have been made to justify Judge Masipa’s judgment in the Pistorius case. They seem […]

*** This is a revised and substantially expanded version of the post “Unsuccessful attempts to Justify Judge Masipa’s Errors”. It is organised around themes rather than individual commentators. *** Introduction There is something deeply disturbing about many of the attempts that have been made to justify Judge Masipa’s judgment in the Pistorius case. They seem […]

Several attempts have been made to justify the decision of Judge Masipa to acquit Oscar Pistorius of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp. Regrettably, in my view, none of them are successful. Burchell* falls into the same wishful thinking errors of Taitz and Cibane, and logical error as Masipa. Burchell (and Taitz**) observe, correctly, that the […]

Several attempts have been made to justify the decision of Judge Masipa to acquit Oscar Pistorius of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp. Regrettably, in my view, none of them are successful. Burchell* falls into the same wishful thinking errors of Taitz and Cibane, and logical error as Masipa. Burchell (and Taitz**) observe, correctly, that the […]

While Masipa J has delivered judgement in the Pistorius case, there appear to be errors of law in her judgement. These errors of law may allow the prosecution to appeal. Many commentators are saying that Masipa’s mistake was to misconceive the form of intention in our law known as dolus eventualis. A careful analysis reveals […]

“Not Guilty” – translation from the Beeld.

Posted: 11th Sep 2014 by James Grant in Uncategorized

DISCLAIMER This is translated and elaborated from an article, inspired by Marida Fitzpatrick, and published in the Beeld newspaper today (11 Sept 2014, see OSCAR: VAS OF VRY? http://www.beeld.com/nuus/2014-09-11-oscar-vas-of-vry via @Beeld_Nuus). It appears here subject to the disclaimer under which it was published.  To be clear,  Ulrich Roux and I wrote our respective pieces as […]

"Not Guilty" – translation from the Beeld.

Posted: 11th Sep 2014 by James Grant in Uncategorized

DISCLAIMER This is translated and elaborated from an article, inspired by Marida Fitzpatrick, and published in the Beeld newspaper today (11 Sept 2014, see OSCAR: VAS OF VRY? http://www.beeld.com/nuus/2014-09-11-oscar-vas-of-vry via @Beeld_Nuus). It appears here subject to the disclaimer under which it was published.  To be clear,  Ulrich Roux and I wrote our respective pieces as […]