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Is the Pistorius murder case turning into South Africa's O.J. Simpson trial?

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The murder trial of South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius hasn't even begun and already the proceedings are being called the country's own version of the O.J. Simpson trial of 1995. 

Pistorius's bail hearing in Pretoria has already received worldwide media attention and now that the lead investigator in the case has been revealed to have an attempted murder charge of his own against him, the prosecution's case could be in jeopardy. 

The comparison to the O.J. trial has been made by Public Radio International and ESPN writer Sam Alipour on Current TV. 

Members of the CBC Community have made similar comparisons in the comments of our stories. 

  • "Not meaning to prejudge, but this investigation appears to be heading dangerously close to a parallel path of that other famous athlete who allegedly murdered his girlfriend. The next thing to come out is that Mark Fuhrman has been involved in the investigation!" said Dart.Forest.

  • "This is the South African version of the O.J. Simpson trial. The second victim in this case will be the truth," said Daniel Bunbury.

  • "This is a re-run of O.J., Mark Fuhrman and Judge Ito. All we need now is a Johnny Cochran and some bad rhymes and the picture will be complete. Celebrity trumps justice once again," said Mistrusted *.

  • "Let us hope this doesn't end up like the O.J. Simpson case, where the incompetence of the prosecution and the competence of the defense prevented the truth from coming out. The trial should rest on the evidence, not on the strengths or failings of the individuals on either side," said CultureShift. 

Thank you for all your comments. 

What do you think? Is the comparison apt? Let us know in the comments below. 

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