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Assignment 2: Courts, Prosecution, and the DefenseRoberto Lopez-GonzalezProfessor Karina ArzumanovaIntroduction to Criminal Justice CRJ100November 20, 2017
Biographical informationMichael T. SlagerBorn:November 14, 1981 Place of Birth:Florida Walter Lamar ScottBorn:February 9, 1965 Place of Birth: North Charleston, SC Location of Crime: North Charleston, South CarolinaDate of Crime:April 4, 2015Summary of the casePolice officer Michael T. Slager from South Carolina was charged with using excessive force against an innocent motorist and killing him. The defendant pleaded guilty in a federal court in Charleston, South Carolina (Blinder, 2016). According to the evidence presented, the Slager shot the victim six times when the victim presented no threat. The taser was used twice but it failed to subdue the victim. The victim was pulled over for having broken brake lights in his vehicle. The defendant pleaded guilty to a single charge of willfully using excessive force to deprive Mr. Scott of his civil rights. Pleading guilty would allow the defendant to avoid jury trials and avoid the other charges accused against him.The presiding judge of the case was David Norton, a South Carolina district judge. Judge Norton oversaw deciding the appropriate sentence for Slager (Yan, Shah, & Grinberg, 2017).