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Anton Taylor Explains His Emotional Involvement in the Oscar Pistorius Trial

The Wisdom of Jozi Shore“I think the thing that might bother me the most about the Oscar trial is the way in which some people dismiss those who take an interest in the case and their opinions,” writes Anton Taylor, author of The Wisdom of Jozi Shore, in a recent post on his Facebook page, explaining his “emotional involvement in the case” and asking those who are not interested in following the trial to cease their “condescending tweets and statuses”.

Taylor notes that his so-called lack of legal knowledge should not exclude him from being allowed to have a vested interest in the case and expresses disdain at the “defeatist” way in which people view the harshness with which Pistorius’ advocate Barry Roux handles witnesses.

“Emotions can inspire humans to do great and terrible things, and in the long run, how we choose to channel those emotions will decide whether Reeva’s death was in vain, or whether it will lead to changes in our society that will one day mean that others, both similar and dissimilar to Reeva, will not have to die. It is then frustrating and unhelpful when people choose to patronise the strong emotions that many of us are experiencing with this case,” Taylor writes.

 

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