Saturday, August 9, 2014
Welcome to another issue of Game within the Game.
Speaking as a former criminal defense attorney who knows his way around the block, I credit Barry Roux for doing a great job defending a difficult hot-head and privileged client used to having the world revolve around him.
He was also dealing with a tough set of facts and Gerrie Nel, a brilliant and experienced prosecutor.
I was very impressed by Roux’s graceful switch from innocent mistake in self-defense, after Nel tore Pistorius apart, to a complicated hybrid of self-defense and anxiety-made-me-do-it defense.
Never seeming to sweat, he managed that switch with aplomb, as though it were the most natural thing to do in the world.
On September 11 when Judge Masipa issues her decision, we will find out if he succeeded in making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.
Win or lose, he distinguished himself as a gentleman and an advocate for the accused. He brought honor to our profession.
For that, I tip my hat and thank him.
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