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Walter Scott Murderer Granted Bail

04 Jan

Many states won’t grant bail in Capital crimes…Just another one of those insider deals for “special people”…

Beginning to look like they guy appointed to “oversee” the case is another one of those “special DA’s” whose job is to let the bad cop off.

Michael Slager, S.C. Cop Who Killed Unarmed Motorist Walter Scott, Granted $500,000 Bond

Michael Slager, the North Charleston, South Carolina, cop who killed Walter Scott as he was running away — which was all dramatically captured on chilling cell-phone video — was granted bond Monday after a judge expressed concerns that it was taking too long to bring him to trial.

A grand jury indicted Slager, 34, on a charge of murder after the video surfaced of him shooting Scott, 50, eight times after Scott had turned his back and fled after a daytime traffic stop on April 4.

Scott was black and Slager is white, and the shooting renewed tension in the coastal town over alleged excessive police use of force and systemic racism.

Slager was denied bond in September, but state Circuit Judge Clifton Newman, whom the state Supreme Court appointed to oversee the sensitive case, said Monday that he could go free on house arrest on a $500,000 surety bond.

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office Monday evening had indicated that Slager was freed after posting bond, but it later said he was still in custody as of 6 p.m. ET.

Slager’s trial isn’t scheduled until Oct. 31 — more than a year and a half after Scott’s death — because prosecutors said they had to give precedence to the trial of Dylann Roof in the June shooting deaths of nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, which is scheduled for July.

Slager’s lawyers argued that keeping him in jail that long without trial was tantamount to punishing him for a crime he hadn’t been convicted of yet.

Under a typical surety bond, Slager would have to put up 10 percent of the order — in this case, $50,000 of personal funds — to engage a third party to guarantee he will show up for court appearances. Newman said Slager would be able to leave his home only for court hearings and to visit his attorneys, doctors or church.

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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2 responses to “Walter Scott Murderer Granted Bail

  1. Leyland7659

    January 5, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    This doesn’t upset at all. Bail/bond is to ensure the future appearance of the defendants/accused to answer the charges. Problem is, many courts deny that to so many others similarly situated. Some courts set surety extremely high thus denying that right to some citizens.

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    • btx3

      January 5, 2016 at 11:12 AM

      Typically Bail is set very high for defendants in capital murder cases. The theory being that they, looking at a possible sentence of 30 or more years (or execution), if convicted, are a flight risk.

      Based on the low probability of attaining a conviction, based on similar trials around the country – the judge may believe there is little risk of flight.

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