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Oscar Pistorius is facing 15 years. Is his sentencing fair?

Oscar Pistorius, at the request of his attorney, removed his prosthetics to demonstrate his disability to the court during his sentencing on Wednesday. His lawyers sought to show his severe disability in a gambit to get a lower sentence than the 15 years Pistorius currently faces.

Many of Pistorius’s detractors argue that this is simply another stunt to avoid answering for his crime. They say he murdered Reeva Steenkamp in cold blood and is now trying to manipulate the sentencing. Furthermore, people point to the fact that Judge Masipa was the judge who originally acquitted Pistorius of murder and convicted him on the lesser charge of culpable homicide. People are worried that she’ll let him off the hook again in this new sentencing.

On the other hand, a vocal group is coalescing around Pistorius. They say that Steenkamp’s killing was a mistake, which happened in the dark of night and under challenging circumstances. This trial has been too public, and has become a media circus. Pistorius has shown that he's suffered a great deal due to his actions and has expressed remorse. 

Many agree with Pistorius’s defense, who according to the New York Times said:

Mr. Pistorius’s disability made him “get anxious very easily, especially when faced with danger,” Mr. Roux argued. “It is also understandable that a person with disabilities, such as that of the accused, would certainly feel vulnerable when faced with danger.”

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