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The Oscar Pistorius trial has resumed following a month long break. David Ross Jersey . During that time, Pistorius underwent a psychiatric evaluation at the direction of the court to determine if he suffered from general anxiety disorder (GAD) at the time he killed Reeva Steenkamp. The Charges The issue being determined at trial is whether Pistorius killed Steenkamp intentionally, or as Pistorius alleges, he killed her by accident believing her to be an intruder. Form a legal standpoint, this distinction is really important since it ties into the charges faced by Pistorius. There are three possible scenarios with respect to the charges: Premeditated murder, murder and culpable homicide. Premeditated murder requires an intent to murder plus planning the murder. Premeditation is reserved for more robust planning and generally doesnt capture an intent that materialized right before a crime was committed. There was no significant planning to the crime, so premeditated murder will likely fail. Even if the prosecution cant make out premeditated murder, it can still get Pistorius on the lesser charge of murder. In order establish murder, they only need to show that he intended to kill Steenkamp (no planning element needed).Should the prosecution fail on murder, there is another lesser charge that could come into play: culpable homicide. This charge means that Pistorius negligently killed Steenkamp (or that he killed her by accident). Premeditated murder would get Pistorius a compulsory life sentence, while murder would result in a compulsory sentence of 15 years. For culpable homicide, the sentencing is discretionary (varies from fines to prison time), although its not unusual to see prison time in South Africa of 5-10 years for this type of crime. Facing very serious charges, the defence team wanted to establish that Pistorius should not go to jail because he was mentally ill when he fired those four gunshots the night of Valentines Day. And thats where GAD comes into play. General Anxiety Disorder And Diminished Capacity A defendant that suffers from a mental disorder can be found not criminally responsible on the basis that he or she could not appreciate the difference between right and wrong at the time the crime was committed. If such a finding is made, one possible outcome is the trial ends right then and there, and the defendant is committed to an institution indefinitely. In essence, it would look very much like an acquittal with ongoing psychiatric care. So if it was concluded that Pistorius had a mental disorder that made him incapable of appreciating the wrongfulness of his act, the trial could have come to a very abrupt end and Pistorius could have avoided jail time. Psychiatric Finding The psychiatric report concluded that Pistorius was not mentally ill at the time he killed Steenkamp. As per the report, "at the time of the alleged offenses, the accused did not suffer from a mental disorder or mental defect that affected his ability to distinguish between the rightful or wrongful nature of his deeds". So that means the trial continues and Pistorius does not avoid prison in favour of an institution. Mental Illness No. 2: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Things didnt end with GAD. On July 2, the defence team declared that Pistorius was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and as result was suicidal. "He is...mourning the loss of Ms Steenkamp," said Barry Roux, Pistorius lawyer. "Should he not receive proper clinical care, his condition is likely to worsen and increase the risks for suicide." Is this a meaningful finding with respect to exonerating Pistorius? No. This mental disorder speaks to Pistorius state of mind AFTER the murder and not before or during the act. The key is in the name of the affliction: POST-traumatic stress disorder and not PRE-traumatic stress disorder. So that means that even if it can be shown that Pistorius suffers from PTSD, his mental illness did not render him unable to appreciate the difference between right and wrong at the time of the killing since he would have only developed the illness after the crime. Accordingly, as far as being a defence to the core issue in this trial, namely that Pistorius did not intend to kill Steenkamp, its irrelevant and of no import. However, the defence team may have raised PTSD as further evidence that Pistorius did not intend to kill Steenkamp. The defence team would argue that Pistorius is distraught to the point of being suicidal because he never intended to kill Steenkamp. If he did intend to kill Steenkamp, he would not be suicidal. Of course, this argument is vulnerable to attack. Pistorius intending to kill Steenkamp is not incompatible with feeling profound remorse and guilt after the fact. Indeed, it could be argued that experiencing feelings of anguish and accountability after intentionally killing someone is not unusual in this type of circumstance. The defence team also raised PTSD so they could rely on it as a possible mitigating factor to reduce his prison time come sentencing. The idea would be that he would need ongoing psychiatric care, which could only be adequately provided in an institution outside of prison. Next Steps Once the defence has called all its witnesses, it will close its case. That should within the next week or so. After that, both parties will present their closing arguments with a view to persuading the court of their respective positions. Once closing arguments wrap up, the Court will schedule a date to announce the verdict. Following the determination of guilt, a sentencing hearing will be held where both sides will present arguments with respect to the appropriate sentence. Thereafter, Judge Masipa will hand down her sentence. At the rate the trial is proceeding, expect it to conclude sometime in mid-summer. Pistorius claims lack believability and veracity. Given the number of improbabilities in his story (as discussed here), it would not be a surprise to see Pistorius convicted of murder. Anthony Rizzo Jersey .The McLaren MP4-30 was launched on Thursday, with chief executive Ron Dennis saying it marks the start of a lengthy journey back to winning grands prix and eventually world championships.McLaren, which hasnt won a grand prix since 2012, will be using Honda engines for the first time since 1992, and has signed two-time world champion Fernando Alonso to partner Jenson Button for the upcoming season. Danny Hultzen Jersey . 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Marie as Saginaws Jake Paterson stopped 38-of-43 shots in defeat. Both clubs went 0 for 1 on the power play. --- SPITFIRES 2 RANGERS 1 WINDSOR, Ont. -- Sam Povorozniouk saved the best for last, scoring at 19:48 of the third period to give the Spitfires a victory over Kitchener. Brady Vail opened the scoring for Windsor (19-10-1) at 12:55 of the first period. Brent Pedersen tied it for Kitchener (11-17-1) at 15:55 of the second. Alex Fotinos turned back 34 shots for the Spitfires, and Jordon DeKort made 30 saves for the Rangers. --- BATTALION 6 ICEDOGS 3 ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- Barclay Goodrow had three goals and an assist and Ben Thomson scored once and set up two more as North Bay doubled up the IceDogs. Miles Liberati and Matt MacLeod also scored for the Battalion (14-15-1) while Mike Amadio had two assists. Johnny Corneil, Hayden McCool and Anthony DiFruscia scored for Niagara (8-19-4). Brendan ONeill made 22 saves for North Bay as Brent Moran stopped 26 shots for the IceDogs. --- WOLVES 8 STEELHEADS 1 SUDBURY, Ont. -- The Wolves made quick work of Mississauga, scoring five times in the opening period. Connor Cummins started a scoring blitz of three goals in a 90-second span when he opened the scoring at 4:10. Jacob Harris made it 2-0, and Nathan Pancel scored the first of his two goals just seven seconds later. Nathan Cull and Connor Crisp scored before the period was over. A power-play goal by Dominik Kubalik made it 6-0 Sudbury (15-9-6) in the second period, before Andrew Goldberg got one for Mississauga (13-16-3) at 11:10. Pancel scored his second goal 17 seconds into the thirrd period to make it 7-1, and Dominik Kahun rounded out the scoring. James Norwood Jersey. Franky Palazzese made 26 saves for the Wolves. Steelheads goalie Spencer Martin was lifted at 5:40 of the opening period after allowing his third goal on seven shots. Dawson Carty went the rest of the way, allowing five goals on 37 shots. --- COLTS 5 BULLS 1 BELLEVILLE, Ont. -- The Colts spotted the Bulls a 1-0 lead in the first period, then scored five unanswered goals in the final 25 minutes, to dump Belleville. Scott Simmonds opened the scoring for the Bulls (7-19-4). Mitchell Theoret tied it for Barrie with a power-play goal at 15:09 of the second period, and put the Colts (15-11-3) ahead for good with a short handed goal at 17:57 of the period. Jonathan Laser made it 3-1 before the period was out, and Dyland Corson and Zach Hall scored in the third. Daniel Gibl made 26 saves for Barrie. Charlie Graham started in goal for Belleville, and allowed four goals on 39 shots before he was replaced by Jason Da Silva a little over five minutes into the third period. Da Silva allowed a goal on eight shots the rest of the way. --- STORM 5 WHALERS 2 PLYMOUTH, Mich. -- The Guelph Storm opened a 3-0 lead early in the third period before going on to beat the Plymouth Whalers. Scott Kosmachuk and Tyler Bertuzzi scored for Guelph (21-6-3) in the second period, and Robby Fabbri made it 3-0 with a power play goal 63 seconds into the third. Josh Wesley and Zach Lorentz brought the Whalers (11-17-3) to within a goal before Zack Mitchell put the game out of reach by scoring twice, including an empty netter, in the final three minutes. Matthew Mancina made 32 saves for Guelph, while Alex Nedeljkovic faced 57 shots for Plymouth. --- KNIGHTS 6 ATTACK 2 OWEN SOUND, Ont. -- Josh Anderson scored twice and set up one more as London won its fifth in a row by defeating the Attack. Max Domi had a goal and two assists for the Knights (22-6-2) while Bo Horvat, Kyle Platzer and Mitchell Marner added the others. Owen Sound (15-11-5) got goals from Zach Nastasiuk and Kyle Hope. Londons Jake Patterson kicked out 35 shots for the win as Jack Flinn made 43 saves for the Attack. ' ' '

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