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Dan on End of Oscar Pistorius Testimony

April 15, 2014

CaptureDan was on Good Morning America Tuesday, April 15th to discuss Oscar Pistorius’ 7 day long testimony and cross examination that finally ended. Pistorius is currently on trial for the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, whom he is accused of shooting and killing  in the early hours of Valentine’s Day 2013. He pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder and three other gun related charges. Pistorius claims he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder and shot out of fear for his life. At times during his testimony Pistorius became highly emotional but lead prosecutor, Gerrie Nel, did not back down when trying to show inconsistencies in Pistorius’ story. What did Dan have to say this morning on the topic? “He was a good witness. He was responsive, he was emotional at certain times, often at the right times, he withstood the cross examination and yet these facts are really problematic for him. There are real inconsistencies in his account and most importantly, and we need to take a step back here, he shot his own girlfriend in his home, four times, behind a door in his toilet. That in and of itself, is an enormous problem for Oscar Pistorius that he has not yet overcome.” Watch the full clip here.

 

Dan on World News With Diane Sawyer: April 11, 2014

April 14, 2014
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CaptureDan joined host, Diane Sawyer on World News With Diane Sawyer, Friday April 11th, to discuss the latest on the ongoing Oscar Pistorius trial. Pistorius has been on the stand for three days now, being cross examined by a prosecutor known as the “”bull terrier”, for his aggressive and relentless style of questioning. Pistorius has broken down numerous times on the stand, proving to be extremely emotional under this pressure and the prosecution isn’t even done yet. The trial has been going on for three weeks now and Diane asks Dan, “how is he [Pistorius] doing?”. Says Dan, “Based on everything we’ve seen so far he’s got to be worried.  I can’t see how the judge isn’t going to at least convict him of the lesser crime of culpable homicide, which is a reckless killing. Also there is a lot of evidence against him with regard to these gun charges and ammunition, so he’s got to be worried…His biggest problem is, he’s saying he didn’t realize that Reeva wasn’t in the bed, even though he had to get the gun from underneath the bed. But when it comes to overt contradictions, the biggest issue for him is, where was he when this all started? In the bail hearing, he said he woke up, went on to the balcony to bring the fan in, heard a noise in the bathroom, and realized someone was in the bathroom, but it would be hard to hear someone in the bathroom if he was out on the balcony. Now, during the trial he’s saying, I concede, I didn’t go in the balcony. This is very important in evaluating, did he really believe there was an intruder there or was there a fight as prosecutors allege?” Watch the full clip here.

Dan on ‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius

January 21, 2014

CaptureDan appeared on Good Morning America, Tuesday, January 21st to discuss the potential settlement in the civil trial of Oscar Pistorius, the olympic athlete due in court for the shooting and killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The fact that the civil suit may be settled before the criminal trial is unusual and could be beneficial for Pistorius. Says Dan, ” It would be a huge win for Pistorius if he could put aside the civil case. Remember, there are two tracks here, there’s criminal; that is the state going after him, civil is a personal battle, which is the family members versus Pistorius. If he can end that, particularly  for something like, $200,000 dollars that’s a huge win for him. The question would be why would the family, why would  her family want to cut that deal now?” Watch the full clip here.