This week the United States Supreme Court denied a petition to hear the case of a former North Charleston Police Department officer who shot and killed a man in 2015.
In a petition filed April 29, the former officer’s attorney wanted the highest court to determine if the district court denied Michael Slager’s right to due process when it found that the underlying conduct at issue, Officer Michael Slager’s shooting of Mr. Walter Scott, immediately after the two were engaged in a physical altercation on the ground, constituted second-degree murder and not voluntary manslaughter.
Elizabeth A. Franklin-Best of Blume, Franklin-Best, and Young out of Columbia is representing Slager in the appeal to the Highest Court.
Monday the Court denied the request to hear the case.
In December 2017, a judge sentenced Slager to 20 years in prison for shooting Walter Scott to death in 2015. Slager pleaded guilty to violating Scott’s civil rights by unjustly shooting him in the back five times as he was running away. The ordeal started with a traffic stop. The shooting was preceded by a ground scuffle between the men.
The Supreme Court has its own set of rules. According to these rules, four of the nine Justices must vote to accept a case.