In this week’s Justice is Served, we discuss the latest in the Oscar Pistorius trial. Pistorius testified that he “did not intend to kill Reeva or anybody else for that matter.” Prosecutor Gerrie Nel was relentless in his cross-examination of Pistorius, at one point trying to put words into Pistorius’ mouth, “You shot and killed her. Say it — ‘I shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp.’”
However, did Nel go overboard in his questioning of Pistorius, to the point of garnering sympathy for Pistorius? At one point, in a surprise move, Nel attempted to play a video of Pistorius shooting a watermelon at a gun range and then compared the exploded watermelon to Reeva’ Steenkamp’s wounded head, even showing graphic photos of her dead body. He told the court “It exploded. You know the same happened to Reeva?” “I was there, I don’t have to look at a picture,” Pistorius snapped, sobbing.
At one point, when Pistorius paused before answering Nel’s questions, Nel posited whether Pistorius was trying to change his story. Pistorius responded “My life is on the line,” to which Nel said, “Reeva doesn’t have a life anymore.” Nel is known as a bulldog in the courtroom, so we will have to see whether the judge, the trier of fact in this case, is swayed by his aggressive line of questioning or offended by it.
Next, in On the Docket, we discuss Katherine Heigl’s $6 million lawsuit against Duane Reade for tweeting a photo of her leaving their drug store, claiming its a misappropriation of her image. We also discuss the latest legal troubles facing RHONJ stars Teresa and Joe Guidice. Also, former Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham gets a cease and desist letter from the head of Vivid, the company that produced her sex tape, to prevent her from sharing industry trade secrets in her forthcoming book on the adult entertainment industry. Finally, the Supreme Court declines to hear a case in which a wedding photographer refused to take photos of a lesbian commitment ceremony.
Finally, in Tipping the Scales, we ask whether there is a double standard when it comes to female teachers who sleep with their underage students. 26-year-old drama teacher Kelly Burgess will receive no jail time after pleading guilty to four sexual offenses after she admitted sleeping with her 16-year-old student. The Telegraph newspaper, in reporting on the seven month suspended sentence, asks whether the sentence would have been different if Kelly had been a Keith and says that female teachers who abuse their position by becoming sexually involved with a male student are seen as Mrs Robinsons, not criminals. Weigh in in the comments section below and stay tuned for next week’s show.