Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Breaking News: Judges Deny Appeal of Michael Slager's 20-Year Sentence

By Nicholas Stix

A reader just sent me the bad news, remarking, “Not a great day for ‘justice.’”

“A federal court has denied an appeal that would have overturned the 20-year prison sentence of Michael Slager, a former North Charleston police officer who in 2017 was found guilty of a civil rights violation in the shooting death of Walter Scott, an unarmed black motorist.

“The order was issued Tuesday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth District.

“During Slager's federal trial in downtown Charleston, prosecutors with the Department of Justice argued that the former cop acted with malice when he shot Scott, who was running away from Slager as he was shot five times.

“That distinction was important in establishing the underlying basis for the civil rights violation: second-degree murder….

“‘Defendant [Slager] cannot negate his malice through “sudden quarrel or heat of passion” when he previously testified he was neither “provoked” nor “angry,”’ the judges wrote Tuesday, establishing a difference between malice and voluntary manslaughter, which Slager's team is now claiming.

“The appeals court also upheld the testimony of Feidin Santana, a bystander who filmed the shooting on his cell phone…..” [Judges deny appeal of former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager's 20-year sentence
Slager serving time for killing unarmed [!] motorist Walter Scott in 2015
By Adam Manno, Charleston City Paper, Tue, Jan 8, 2019 at 4:20 P.M.]
Slager’s defense, based on the law, should have been that Scott was a fleeing prisoner. According to the law, policemen have the right to use deadly force against fleeing prisoners. However, the law has been “sociologically” nullified by the media, judges, and law schools, such that a defense attorney must now come up with euphemistic, disingenuous defenses that are weak, to begin with, and which lead to contradictions.

Look for a new VDARE report on this case soon.

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