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  • Criminal Trial Of Oscar Pistorius Can Be Televised, South African Judge Rules

    This will mark the first South African criminal trial in which cameras will be allowed.

    A South African judge ruled on Tuesday that the murder trial of Olympic and Paralympic sprinter OSCAR PISTORIUS "can be televised, giving millions around the world direct access to one of the most sensational celebrity trials" since O.J. SIMPSON's, according to Ed Stoddard of REUTERS. In a televised ruling in a Pretoria high court, Judge DUSTAN MLAMBO said that "it was vital that impoverished South Africans who feel ill-treated by the justice system be given a first-hand look at the trial." Mlambo said, "The justice system is still perceived as treating the rich and famous with kid gloves whilst being harsh on the poor and the vulnerable. Enabling a larger South African society to be able to follow first-hand criminal proceedings which involve a celebrity, so to speak, will go a long way into dispelling these negative and unfounded perceptions" (REUTERS, 2/25). BLOOMBERG's Franz Wild wrote Mlambo said that TV footage will be limited to the opening and closing arguments, expert evidence, police testimony and the delivery of the judgment. He said that "Pistorius’s evidence can not be filmed, while that of witnesses can only be televised with their consent." Mlambo said that Multichoice "is allowed to install three cameras in the courtroom 72 hours before the hearings start." He said that the judge will determine at which points of the trial they can film, adding that "close-ups will be prohibited." Multichoice, a unit of Africa’s largest media company, "operates the continent’s largest pay-television business" (BLOOMBERG, 2/25).

    SOUTH AFRICAN FIRST: CNN's Smith-Spark & Curnow wrote Mlambo delivered his ruling -- "which will put cameras in a criminal trial for the first time in South Africa -- in response to several local media broadcasters' applications to broadcast the trial live." In his ruling, Mlambo said that "the question of whether the trial should be televised shows the conflict between the right of the accused to a fair trial and the right to freedom of expression for the media and the principle of open justice." Pistorius' legal team had argued that "some witnesses would be inhibited and potentially traumatized by intrusive filming as they gave their testimony." The legal team for REEVA STEENKAMP's family also said that "it did not want the trial televised" (CNN, 2/25).

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  • Executive Transactions

    Bundesliga club Bayern Munich has appointed former Deutsche Telekom Manager RUDOLF VIDAL as managing director of its N.Y. office, which "will start operations on April 1." The club's N.Y. office "will initially have a three-man staff" (HORIZONT, 2/25). ... The Williams F1 team has added to its senior race operations lineup with the appointments of ROB SMEDLEY as head of vehicle performance and RICHARD LOCKWOOD as head of race strategy. Smedley will join Williams prior to the Bahrain Grand Prix. Lockwood previously worked at Marussia (Williams). ... The Rugby Football League named Rugby League World Cup 2013 Marketing Manager MARK FOSTER as marketing director. Foster will take operational control of the RFL's marketing, communications, digial media and box office departments (RFL).

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  • Names In The News

    La Liga Real Betis President MIGUEL GUILLÉN announced he will "step down from his current role on March 28." The "big question now is who will be appointed to become his replacement" (MARCA, 2/25). ... Three Spanish shot putters have been suspended by Spain's Superior Sports Council (CSD) after "being photographed performing Nazi salutes at a training camp." All three athletes, CARLOS TOBALINA, DANIEL MARTÍNEZ and JOSÉ LORENZO HERNÁNDEZ, have been "banned from competing or visiting the elite national team's training base" for 15 days (EL PERIODICO, 2/25). ... Argentine second division side Los Andes President OSCAR FERREYRA "survived an attack at his house on Monday night when unidentified shooters fired six shots at his house." There "were no victims in the attack" (DPA, 2/25). ... Former IOC President JACQUES ROGGE of Belgium "received an honorary knighthood from Britain on Tuesday." British IOC member PRINCESS ANNE "presented the award to Rogge at Buckingham Palace" (AP, 2/25). ... Godolphin Racing Manager SIMON CRISFORD resigned "and will take a new role" as SHEIKH MOHAMMED's global racing adviser. The 51-year-old's departure "comes after a report published this month that was critical of Godolphin and other parts of Sheikh Mohammed's equine operations." The affair "caused serious embarrassment to the Dubai ruler," who is PM of the UAE and the U.K.'s leading racehorse owner. The report also criticized "management failings, insufficient oversight and complacency" (REUTERS, 2/25). ... Olympic champion and 2012 Tour de France winner BRADLEY WIGGINS said that "he intends to ride at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this year." The 33-year-old Team Sky rider told Cycling News, "I haven't got a gold medal from the Commonwealths so it would be nice to add that on, and it's a couple of days after the Tour so for the sake of carrying on for a few more days and doing it" (REUTERS, 2/25). ... Referee GAVIN MORRIS "has been suspended for the opening two rounds" of the National Rugby League premiership and been ordered to seek counseling over an off-field incident. Morris reportedly punched Queensland Cup touch judge TERRY PASCOE on New Year’s Eve, "landing him in hospital with facial injuries" (AAP, 2/25). ... Australian national team rugby coach TIM SHEENS, 63, was expected to extend his "reign as Australia’s Test coach for another year" on Wednesday. He will "become Australia’s longest serving national coach" since BOB FULTON (Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH, 2/26). ... Australian swimmer GRANT HACKETT Tuesday night flew to the U.S. "to admit himself into rehab for sleeping pill abuse just days after being spotted wandering Crown casion semi-naked looking for his four-year-old son." Hackett's manager CHRIS WHITE said, "Grant is currently in transit to seek treatment for dependency to Stilnox medication" (HERALD SUN, 2/26).

    NOTABLE DEATHS: Former boxing world champion ANTONIO CERMENO was "kidnapped and killed in his native Venezuela, police said Tuesday." Local police chief ELISEO GUZMAN said that Cermeno, a WBA super bantamweight and featherweight champion in the '90s, was "found shot and killed on Tuesday in a road in the central state of Miranda." Guzman said that Cermeno and "other relatives were kidnapped on Monday night near the La Urbina neighborhood in east Caracas" (AP, 2/25). ... Former Portuguese side Benfica footballer MARIO COLUNA died on Tuesday at the age of 78. Coluna, a midfielder, earned 57 caps for Portugal and "made 677 appearances over 17 seasons" for Benfica, scoring 150 goals and "helping them to win two European Cups, 10 Portuguese league titles and six domestic cups" (GOAL, 2/25).

    Controversial Bollywood personality, Vindoo Dara Singh, has made some more revelations on the betting and fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League during a sting operation carried out by a Zee News reporter.

    Vindoo, who is the central figure in the IPL betting case investigated by the Mumbai Police, said a couple of more teams were involved in betting and fixing. He also cast aspersions on a star India player.

    Wrongly indicted
    However, he said former India pacer Sreesanth was wrongly indicted in the scandal and banned by the BCCI.

    - See more at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/sports-news/cricketnews/sreesanth-innocent-vindoo-in-tv-sting/article1-1187828.aspx#sthash.Y69baxCM.dpuf

    Controversial Bollywood personality, Vindoo Dara Singh, has made some more revelations on the betting and fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League during a sting operation carried out by a Zee News reporter.

    Vindoo, who is the central figure in the IPL betting case investigated by the Mumbai Police, said a couple of more teams were involved in betting and fixing. He also cast aspersions on a star India player.

    Wrongly indicted
    However, he said former India pacer Sreesanth was wrongly indicted in the scandal and banned by the BCCI.

    - See more at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/sports-news/cricketnews/sreesanth-innocent-vindoo-in-tv-sting/article1-1187828.aspx#sthash.Y69baxCM.dpuf
    TV STING: Controversial Bollywood personality, VINDOO DARA SINGH, "has made some more revelations on the betting and fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League during a sting operation carried out by a Zee News reporter." Vindoo, who is the central figure in the IPL betting case investigated by the Mumbai Police, said that "a couple of more teams were involved in betting and fixing." He also "cast aspersions on a star India player." However, he said that former India pacer S. SREESANTH "was wrongly indicted in the scandal" and banned by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (HINDUSTAN TIMES, 2/25).

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  • Twitter Me This...

    Reuters' KEITH WEIR: "Think we have established that IOC head Bach won gold in fencing in 1976. We're told it every time he gets up #sochi14"

    London Telegraph's TOM CARY: "Have arrived at Cali's open-to-the-elements velodrome. They're still mopping up after yesterday's storm. Feels like home"

    ESPN's DERMOT CORRIGAN: "Meanwhile Neymar cost up to €99m [inc €50m to his dad], Rosell gone, club's name sullied, dressingroom unhappy, court case proceeding..."

    Int'l Rugby Board CEO BRETT GOSPER: "Great example by France dropping Louis Picamoles from squad for disrespect to referee. He will come back stronger. "

    Bloomberg's ALEX DUFF: "In Estonia, soccer clubs must run a women's senior and youth team to qualify for an top-tier men's licence @BrianCooksonUCI @LeTourEntier"

    Brazil President DILMA ROUSSEFF: "O Brasil está feliz em receber turistas q chegarão p/ Copa, mas também está pronto p/ combater o turismo sexual #CopaDasCopas" ("Brazil is happy to host tourists who will arrive for the World Cup, but is also ready to fight sexual tourism #CopaDasCopas")
     
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