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Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial to begin and to be partly broadcast live

Olympic gold medal winner Oscar “Blade Runner” Pistorius, 27, the double amputee charged with the shooting murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home on Feb. 13, 2013, will be back in court on March 3 as his murder trial in Pretoria gets underway.

There will be some restrictions to the broadcast and some instances when the TV cameras will be turned off.
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MSN reported on Feb. 28 that a decision was made earlier this week to broadcast Pistorius’ murder trial live, except for those moments when witnesses can “request the cameras be turned off.”

Close-ups of participants won't be allowed nor will extreme close-ups taken by the still cameras. There will be no televised coverage of Pistorius' testimony or that of his defense witnesses. – Hollywood Reporter

Judge Dustan Mlambo made the decision to televise the trial in what he deemed “the need for transparent justice,” and to prove to the world that South African courts will not treat the wealthy any differently than they treat the less financially fortunate.

"The justice system is still perceived as treating the rich and famous with kid gloves whilst being harsh on the poor and the vulnerable," Mlambo said.

Pistorius is on record as saying that Steenkamp’s shooting death was a tragic accident, and that he mistook her for an intruder when he shot her.

It’s expected that Pistorius will be entering a plea of not guilty on Monday.

He has already admitted to culpable homicide, equivalent to manslaughter, a crime that could see him put away for 15 years. Or he could leave the Pretoria High Court a free man, with no more than a slap on the wrist and a suspended sentence.

If prosecutors can make the case to have Pistorius convicted and found guilty of Steenkamp's murder, he would most likely be sentenced to life in prison, with “a minimum of 25 years behind bars.”

For more on the TV coverage of Pistorius' murder trial, see the video accompanying this article.

Also see:

Oscar Pistorius settles assault case ahead of his murder trial

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