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South African court rejects Pistorius’ right to appeal murder conviction

South Africa’s Constitutional Court rejected Olympian Oscar Pistorius’ right to appeal against his conviction for the murder of his girlfriend. The Supreme Court of Appeal changed the 29-year-old’s conviction to murder in December after state prosecutors appealed the athlete’s prior conviction of culpable homicide in the Pretoria High Court. Pistorius now faces a possible minimum 15-year jail sentence.

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