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Assignment 2: Courts, Prosecution, and the Defense Roberto Lopez-Gonzalez Professor Karina Arzumanova Introduction to Criminal Justice CRJ100 November 20, 2017
Biographical information Michael T. Slager Born: November 14, 1981 Place of Birth: Florida Walter Lamar Scott Born: February 9, 1965 Place of Birth: North Charleston, SC Location of Crime : North Charleston, South Carolina Date of Crime: April 4, 2015 Summary of the case Police 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).

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