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Oscar conviction: 'Not a personal attack on Judge Masipa' - criminal law expert

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on Thursday found that Oscar Pistorius was guilty of murder “dolus eventualis” and found that North Gauteng High Court Judge Thokozile Masipa made errors in law when convicting the former athlete of culpable homicide.

John Robbie on Friday spoke to a criminal law expert, William Booth, about the implication of this ruling on the justice system and particularly Judge Masipa.

Judge Leach commented that during the trial, Judge Masipa conducted proceedings very well. It's not a personal attack on Judge Masipa, that's why we have the appeal process. It's certainly not criticism of our justice system. Worldwide, the judiciary here is highly regarded.

William Booth, criminal law expert

Judges get it wrong, they are only human. That's why people can take cases on appeal to the higher courts.

William Booth, criminal law expert

Listen to the conversation below:


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