Attorneys jockey over evidence as the federal trial of Michael Slager nears – South Carolina News

Attorneys jockey over evidence as the federal trial of Michael Slager nears –  South Carolina News

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  • Grace Beahm/Post and Courier
  • The federal trial of Michael Slager is scheduled to begin May 15, while the the former officer’s state retrial is set to begin in August

On the morning of May 9, in a Columbia courthouse, it will begin again. Individuals from all over the state will be sworn in and questioned as to why they can or cannot serve on the jury tasked with determining the fate of Michael Slager. While a state jury was unable to arrive at a unanimous decision regarding the guilt or innocence of the former North Charleston police officer last December, perhaps 12 new arbiters culled from throughout South Carolina can provide some form of resolution.

In a courtroom full of green ties, lead defense attorney Andy Savage began last week’s St. Patrick’s Day hearing by wishing a sardonic “top ‘O the morning” to U.S. District Judge David Norton. Drawing a polite chuckle from those seated in the courtroom, Norton responded by saying it was better to have the…

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