Oscar Pistorius Verdict in Hands of One Judge, Not a Jury

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The Appeals Process

The appeals process to South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal would likely take years.

"Unlike in the U.S., the appellate court in South Africa has a bit more latitude to review the facts," ABC News' chief legal affairs anchor Dan Abrams said. "In South Africa you have a judge trial. Here in the U.S., appellate courts try not to review the facts based on a jury finding. Generally they don't want to overturn a jury, they want to review the legal decisions made by a judge. Because it [the verdict] was made by a judge, there is more latitude."

If he's not guilty, the legal drama could still drag on for Pistorius, who could also face a civil lawsuit from Steenkamp's family.

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