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    Pistorius Appeals Murder Conviction in S. Africa's Top Court

    Oscar Pistorius pauses in the dock at the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, Dec. 8, 2015.
    Oscar Pistorius pauses in the dock at the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, Dec. 8, 2015.
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    South African paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius has appealed to the country's Constitutional Court in a last-ditch attempt to overturn his murder conviction for killing his girlfriend in 2013.

    A lawyer on Pistorius's legal team, Andrew Fawcett, told the French news service "an application for leave to appeal to the Constitutional Court" has been lodged.

    Pistorius has been out on bail awaiting a new sentence since early last month, when judges found him guilty of murder, overturning his earlier conviction on the lesser charge of manslaugher for the fatal shooting of Reeva Steenkamp.

    Under the new murder conviction, he faces a minimum 15-year jail term that may be reduced due to time already spent in jail and the fact that he is a first-time offender.

    Pistorius was released from jail in October to live under house arrest at his uncle's house in Pretoria after serving one year of his five-year prison sentence for culpable homicide, the equivalent of manslaughter.

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    by: Paul
    January 11, 2016 11:13 PM
    Interest worldwide on the findings of the Constitutional Court throughout this trial will be immense and written into law books.
    However, it was a tragic ending to a life taken away from a family, relatives and friends by an individual, whose responsibility it was to care for her and protect her, responsibilities of any man and father.

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