The Cycle | February 21, 2013
>>> oscar pistorius case took another bizarre turn after the lead investigator had a case reopened against him. we could find out tomorrow morning whether he gets bail. nbc's michelle kosinski is in africa.
>> reporter: seems like every day something happens that makes you say, what now? this was a battle between two very good attorneys. first, the defense blasted the prosecution's case about how police gathered evidence, things they said were just wrong and the fact that the chief police investigators faces attempted murder charges for an on-the-job shooting and then prosecutors' turn to blow holes in pistorius ' account of what happened that night. they said if even you believe it, this is the preplanned murder of a burglar. he claimed he dropped the gun but prosecutors say the gun was found in a different place on a little carpet outside the shower next to the cell phones of both pistorius and reeva. they said it's totally inconsistent and something he can't explain. also, pistorius said he woke up in the pitch black and thought reeva was in the bed and grabbed the gun and started shooting. prosecutors said he would have had to walk by her at least three times. you won't try to wake her, at least look at her. they call the account totally improbable, said that pistorius is prone to violence and that he's bound to been convicted. we don't know whether or not he will be released on bond, a decision we expect tomorrow. back to you.
>> all right. thank you, michelle.
>>> let's spin about this, it's a big, gigantic, international story to talk about for a while. one thing to think about, i said this before, more than twice as many women are killed by a gun used by the husband or boyfriend than murdered by strangers using guns, knives or any other means. no matter what happened legally in this, a woman is dead because there's a gun in the home. guns in the home leave people less safe, not more. the other thing, they're starting to have this as we're trying to get media about this, maybe this is strict's o.j. trial. let's slow down. we try to make the connections. not at all earned, not yet. perhaps not ever. we have an athlete, domestic violence and murder. but the o.j. trial was so much about race and class. this pistorius thing will not get to that level and it was also a soap opera . on television every day for almost two years. right? we have had cameras banned from the courtroom in pistorius . we won't get to that soap opera thing. not talking about south africa 's o.j. here.
>> yeah. i mean, i agree with that. i would also say based on what we know which is not everything and we're still looking at the facts and seeing what comes out, but based on what we know, this case is also a bit more clear cut than the o.j. simpson case because we know oscar was there. we know that he was the one. he said he was the one that shot her. so we know that. was it premeditated or not? seems like it's less dependent on the investigator, on the prosecution. i have to say, it seems like based on this chief investigator removed from the case, performance thus far, probably a good thing for the prosecution that he's been taken off the case and less than impressive thus far.
>> i think the closer comparison might be someone like phil specter or jason williams where we know they were there, we know that someone died. they were the root cause of that death and we just don't know why. phil specterlaimed that the young woman in his home accidentally or on purpose shot herself and jason williams claims he accidentally shot his driver. so i think you're right in that the o.j. comparison only makes sense in that they're both athletes. there isn't any other sort of --
>> phil specter --
>> to the extent it's clear cut , if it is, o.j. thing was pretty clear cut from the beginning.
>> i agree, steve. i agree.
>> i remember sitting there watching --
>> he said he wasn't there.
>> i don't know what you're talking about.
>> no. still innocent after all these years?
>> how's that hunt for the real killer is going?
>> i don't think we're looking for him. i don't know.
>> tough to do that in the --
>> if it doesn't fit, you must acquit?
>> thank you, johnnie cochran . who's the other celebrity defense lawyer ? shapiro.
>> and because of that case, we have --
>> robert kardashian 's child.
>> thanks for that trial.
>>> all right. where's marcia clark when you need him? up next, a concrete proposal of the state of the union but can it work? [