OJ Cop, Attorney Weigh In on Pistorius
Mark Fuhrman, for one, says it's clear to him the athlete is guilty
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2013 1:45 PM CST
Attorney Robert Shapiro.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file)

(Newser) – If the Oscar Pistorius trial in South Africa didn't call to mind the OJ trial before the latest drama with the (now-ousted) lead detective, allow Gawker to draw the parallels between South African cop Hilton Botha and former LAPD cop Mark Fuhrman. But what does Furhman himself think of the new case? It's "crystal clear" to him that Pistorius deliberately killed Reeva Steenkamp, reports Fox News. Says Fuhrman: “Here is what he admits. 'I shot my girlfriend.’ And he has to admit he fought with her in the past, because the police had been there previously. That’s really all you need to know here.”

Fuhrman doesn't think the allegations of police bungling will affect the outcome, and neither does another figure from the OJ case, attorney Robert Shapiro, who represented Simpson. "I really don't think the detectives are really going to be much of an issue in this case," he tells MSNBC, reports USA Today. The key difference is that Pistorius will testify, unlike Simpson. And because a single judge, not a jury, will make the final decision, it all comes down to one question the judge will ask himself, says Shapiro: "Do I believe what Mr. Pistorius is telling us?"

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RidersOnTheStorm
Feb 22, 2013 6:38 AM CST
Live audio of magistrate ruling on bail application now http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0JZB3pwgxvY
Swears2much
Feb 21, 2013 5:37 PM CST
You know why? NO jury. That's the saving grace to this wannabee OJ miscarriage of justice trial in the making. Let's hope that one Magistrate is with it. Cuz Oscar's whole story stinks on toast! I can't believe her family is not getting more actively involved. I know they had to bury their daughter but I think I heard her brother say last night on tv he had never met Oscar. She'd only been dating him since November. There's got to be skeletons in the closet of old girlfriends who can talk about domestic abuse if there was any.
Wydeeyed
Feb 21, 2013 5:29 PM CST
Says Fuhrman: “Here is what he admits. 'I shot my girlfriend.’ And he has to admit he fought with her in the past, because the police had been there previously. That’s really all you need to know here.” I have no detailed information on the behavior or intent of Pistorius and I believe neither does Furhman. His comment is typical cop logic and falls under the category of "leap". He fought with her before, he admits shooting her so he must have intended to kill her. Wrong. These two facts do not add up to intent. He needs another fact at least such as a bullet hole in her chest or face and blood splatter from that to complete the circle of logic he claims. Let the investigation reveal Pistorious' intent. Let the sentence be appropriate to that finding. By the way I am a pundit who was and is on Furhman's side in the OJ investigation. Why? An interesting fact in the false allegation that Furhman planted the glove at OJ's; Kato calling the police because he heard the thump against the wall. That thump would make sense from someone hurrying in an unfamiliar place with no light to guide them. Furham I am certain had a flash light (standard cop procedure) as well as no knowledge of Kato's presence (not to mention the timing). Ergo reason says Furhman did not plant the glove. Ooops OJ.