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Comment Archives: Stories: News+Opinion: Haire of the Dog

Re: “What, if anything, could exonerate Michael T. Slager?

I obviously want to see Slager punished to the full extent of the law, but passing time will see this case further politicized and obscured. In fact, it already has. In less than a year, we've gone from NCPD throwing Slager to the wolves and treating him like a pariah to NCPD officers standing up in court in solidarity with him. In a year, this will look like a police/conservatives vs. "thugs"/liberals issue to the jurors, and we'll end up with a mistrial or a not guilty verdict due to a lack of consensus on the first degree murder charge. It's sad, but this is what happens when police training and disciplinary processes are unreformable, and critics of bad police practices are branded as anarchists, criminals, or people who don't appreciate the job that police do or should do.

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Posted by Brandon Fish on January 9, 2016 at 3:53 PM

Re: “What, if anything, could exonerate Michael T. Slager?

“And so the question arises: Exactly what new evidence will lead a jury to draw the conclusion that Michael T. Slager is innocent of murdering Walter Scott?”

Mr. Savage will present a menu of deadly force gray area scenarios – especially of the textbook variety. So the question for the jury will be: “Did Officer Slager believe he was acting in accordance with behaviors learned in his police training?” – with the emphasis being on “believe”.

Slager’s defense will contend that an overzealous “aim for the body mass first, ask questions later” institutional response to perceived threats made him do it.

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Posted by John Paul Jah on January 9, 2016 at 10:41 AM

Re: “What, if anything, could exonerate Michael T. Slager?

Off the hook, probably not. But Slager deserves the full murder charge, not some watered down manslaughter charge. I'm with you, there's nothing I could be shown that would justify shooting someone in the back from 10 feet away, but it's frightening how easy it is to collect 12 dimwits.

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Posted by Jaxx on January 9, 2016 at 10:33 AM

Re: “What, if anything, could exonerate Michael T. Slager?

You are definitely right on that Jaxx. Mr. Savage is a brilliant defense attorney, one of the best. If I ever go totally and completely berserk and become a full blown raving lunatic national big time, I would want Andy as my defense attorney. He takes cases that many would not touch with a ten foot pole and goes the extra mile for families of many-both criminal and victims, for that alone, I greatly admire him. That being said, I really do not believe that Andy Savage possibly expects to get this cold blooded murderer off the hook, he is just doing a public service of giving him the best defense he can. I mean even John Wayne Gacy had a defense attorney.

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Posted by CIACulinaryKid on January 9, 2016 at 10:21 AM

Re: “What, if anything, could exonerate Michael T. Slager?

usually just one holdout for a hung jury. I remember a juror during pre-trial stating "I don't care what they say, I ain't sending a brother to jail." Followed by another commenting, "That's right". That is all it takes.

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Posted by truthrus on January 9, 2016 at 6:39 AM

Re: “What, if anything, could exonerate Michael T. Slager?

Angry or stupid. But you're a fool if you underestimate Andy Savage.

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Posted by Jaxx on January 8, 2016 at 11:39 PM

Re: “What, if anything, could exonerate Michael T. Slager?

Yep. Just 12.

Angry.

White.

Men.

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Posted by mat catastrophe on January 8, 2016 at 11:23 PM

Re: “What, if anything, could exonerate Michael T. Slager?

He doesn't have to convince the majority of us, just 12.

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Posted by Jaxx on January 8, 2016 at 10:41 PM

Re: “What, if anything, could exonerate Michael T. Slager?

Lets see.....man running away.....man shot in back. All captured quite clearly on camera for posterity. There is nothing, zip, zilch, nada that the defense could possibly show any of us that would allow the majority of us to think that this was in any way, shape or form anything but a out of control police officer who took matters into his own hands. Quit watching TV Chris.

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Posted by CIACulinaryKid on January 8, 2016 at 9:53 PM
Posted by zee on January 8, 2016 at 5:40 PM

Re: “What, if anything, could exonerate Michael T. Slager?

"What, if anything, could exonerate Michael T. Slager?"

A majority Republican jury.

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Posted by Pronghorn on January 8, 2016 at 4:33 PM

Re: “In light of the Citadel 'ghost' photos, who gets to decide if an act is racially offensive?

"Therein lies the rub."

Knowing this author is, in fact, completely full of shit, I'd be surprised if he's really read Hamlet. More likely, he's referencing what he understands to be a well-known quote ("It's from Shakespeare, actually").

Posted by bigc420 on January 1, 2016 at 5:28 AM

Re: “The tragic but undeniable truth about Scott Weiland and Stone Temple Pilots

What an idiot this guy is. As a side note (I hadn't seen this discussed in above comments), Scott Weiland's changing vocal style has been highly praised for its depth and versatility...certainly didn't contribute to the "downfall" of the band. From a commercial standpoint, the band was doing fine. Its issues were largely internal and related to artistic direction -- the common sort of issues that contribute to the breakup of a band. Fucking idiot, God dammit this self-indulgent bastard hasn't a clue.

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Posted by bigc420 on January 1, 2016 at 5:22 AM

Re: “In light of the Citadel 'ghost' photos, who gets to decide if an act is racially offensive?

I'm just shocked that Slager's attorney is claiming that his client is innocent. I mean... if his lawyer says so, then we must have this whole thing wrong! Makes me wonder about Jerry Sandusky now, since his lawyer was so certain, too.

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Posted by factoryconnection on December 21, 2015 at 9:49 AM

Re: “In light of the Citadel 'ghost' photos, who gets to decide if an act is racially offensive?

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Posted by Ron Liberte on December 19, 2015 at 7:15 PM
Posted by Pronghorn on December 19, 2015 at 1:05 PM

Re: “In light of the Citadel 'ghost' photos, who gets to decide if an act is racially offensive?

Pronghorn. ...I won't talk to you any more. Thanks for the "debate"

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Posted by gentlemanandscholar on December 19, 2015 at 12:47 PM

Re: “The tragic but undeniable truth about Scott Weiland and Stone Temple Pilots

Shit article. Phony journalism..

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Posted by Brian Thaddeus on December 19, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Re: “In light of the Citadel 'ghost' photos, who gets to decide if an act is racially offensive?

The fries can be made crispy, TROLLSLAYER.

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Posted by Pronghorn on December 19, 2015 at 11:46 AM

Re: “In light of the Citadel 'ghost' photos, who gets to decide if an act is racially offensive?

Unless you are a chain smoker ( and like soggy fries!) I would avoid that particular Huddle House.

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Posted by TROLLSLAYER on December 19, 2015 at 10:48 AM

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