Preparing a standard court report.

Hello attached are the assignment instructions, the case to info and sample court report samples for references. The assignment entails writing a three to four (3-4) page court report in which you:Thoroughly . summarize the case, including a detailed description of the crime that took place.Thoroughly outlined the level of court that was assigned to the case (e.g. local/state, municipal, or federal). Thoroughly outlined the reason why that level was appropriateThoroughly described the key characters in the case and the roles they played.Thoroughly explained the charge(s) against the defendant(s) and the evidence presented to justify the charge(s). Thoroughly indicated whether or not the defendant was offered some form of plea deal prior to the court date.Thoroughly stated whether any witnesses were called in the case, if so, who and why were they called. Thoroughly identified the witness(es) and provided a rationale as to why they were called.Thoroughly highlighted the outcome of the case (verdict). Thoroughly take a position on whether the verdict was appropriate based on the charges.Exceeds number of required references; all references high quality choices.Please let me know if additional resources are needed. Thank you
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Courts, Prosecution, and the Defense
The courts have one of the most important roles in the Criminal Justice
system. They are responsible for the interpretation and application of law
when crimes are committed and they help to bring resolve to disputes
between people, companies and units of government.
In preparation for this assignment, please carefully review the case of Michael
T. Slager below. Also, please review the court report samples below for
reference in preparing a standard court report.
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Michael T. Slager Case
Court Report Sample 1
Court Report Sample 2
Based on your understanding from the readings in chapters 7-9, write a three
to four (3-4) page court report in which you:
Summarize the case, including a detailed description of the crime that took
place.
Outline the level of court that was assigned to the case (e.g. local/state,
municipal, or federal) and the reason why that level was appropriate.
Describe the key characters in the case and the roles they played.
Explain the charge(s) against the defendant(s) and the evidence presented to
justify the charge(s). Indicate whether or not the defendant was offered some
form of plea deal prior to the court date.
State whether any witnesses were called in the case. If so, identify the
witness(es) and provide a rationale as to why they were called.
Highlight the outcome of the case (verdict) and take a position on whether the
verdict was appropriate based on the charges.
Include at least one (1) additional quality reference in addition to the case file
presented.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
Follow standard court report format, using the examples provided in your
course shell for reference.
Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the studentâ??s
name, the professorâ??s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page
and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page
length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
Explain the development of American courts and illustrate the concept of the
dual-court system.
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Distinguish between the various courtroom participants, and describe the
stages in a criminal trial.
Use technology and information resources to research issues in criminal
justice.
Write clearly and concisely about criminal justice using proper writing
mechanics and APA style conventions
CASE: MICHAEL T. SLAGER (Former North Charleston, S.C. Police Officer)
Note: Please review this case before beginning Assignment 2: Courts, Prosecution, and the Defense.
This material is a compilation and summary of articles from the New York Times, CNN, and The Post and
Courier in order to best present the facts of this case from a wide lens. Links to all primary sources are
available within this case.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (NY Times)â?? More than two years after a North Charleston, S.C., police officer
fired eight rounds toward the back of a fleeing and unarmed black motorist, the lawman whose burst of
gunfire was recorded on video stood in a federal courtroom Tuesday to plead guilty to charges that he
violated the slain manâ??s civil rights.
The plea by the officer, Michael T. Slager, assured a rare conviction of a law enforcement official for an
on-duty killing, and it left him facing the possibility of life in prison for the April 2015 shooting of Walter L.
Scott. Mr. Slager pleaded guilty to a single charge of willfully using excessive force to deprive Mr. Scott of
his civil rights.
â??We asked for justice,â? Anthony Scott, one of Mr. Scottâ??s brothers, said. â??We received justice.â?
Mr. Slager said little during a brief hearing in United States District Court here, but he acknowledged the
factual basis for the plea agreement, which said he had â??used deadly force even though it was objectively
unreasonable under the circumstances.�
Minutes later, as Mr. Slager was led from the courtroom in handcuffs, he passed crying members of Mr.
Scottâ??s family. Across the courtroomâ??s center aisle, members of Mr. Slagerâ??s family stood silently and
tearfully.
The plea deal effectively resolves all of the pending charges against Mr. Slager, 35, who had also been
indicted on a charge of murder in state court. While the arrangement offers certain benefits to Mr. Slager,
such as a possible reduction under federal sentencing guidelines for acceptance of responsibility, the
agreement is mostly a victory for people who have spent years raising alarms about police conduct in the
nation.
Under the plea agreement, prosecutors will ask the court to apply sentencing guidelines that in effect
would be for a second-degree murder charge. Notably, the deal expressly allows prosecutors to urge
Judge David C. Norton, who did not immediately set a sentencing hearing, to order Mr. Slager to spend
the rest of his life in prison.
â??The Department of Justice will hold accountable any law enforcement officer who violates the civil rights
of our citizens by using excessive force,â? Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. â??Such
failures of duty not only harm the individual victims of these crimes; they harm our country, by eroding
trust in law enforcement and undermining the good work of the vast majority of honorable and honest
police officers.�
The agreement was greeted here with measured surprise. Although one of South Carolinaâ??s top lawyers,
Andrew J. Savage III, was in charge of Mr. Slagerâ??s defense, a jury signaled in December that it nearly
returned a conviction for either murder or manslaughter during a state trial.
Those proceedings ended in a mistrial, but some people here had wondered whether they would
ultimately prod Mr. Slager into an agreement with prosecutors.
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It was not publicly clear until Tuesday morning that it would. But Mr. Slager abruptly dropped the defense
that he had offered since Mr. Scottâ??s death in April 2015: that he had feared for his life after a traffic stop
that went awry and a struggle over a Taser device.
The early moments of Mr. Slagerâ??s fatal encounter with Mr. Scott were not in dispute. Mr. Slager, a
patrolman in North Charleston, stopped Mr. Scott for a broken taillight. After a brief, cordial interaction,
Mr. Scott fled on foot. (His family has suggested that Mr. Scott ran because he feared being jailed over
outstanding child support payments.)
Mr. Slager gave chase, and, he later testified struggled with Mr. Scott in a vacant lot over his Taser. But
Mr. Scott broke free and continued to run. Mr. Slager then opened fire, striking Mr. Scott in the back and
sending him crumpling to the ground.
Part of the episode â?? some of the most controversial seconds â?? unfolded as a local barber recorded it
on his cellphone while he walked to work. The stark images ricocheted around the internet, made
newspaper front pages and led television broadcasts.
Mr. Slager was charged with murder and swiftly fired, and the City of North Charleston reached a $6.5
million settlement with Mr. Scottâ??s family. Meanwhile, Mr. Slagerâ??s defense team argued that he was a
good officer swept up in an era of discontent and protest over police tactics, especially in the wake of a
white officerâ??s killing of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., in August 2014.
That defiance vanished on Tuesday.
â??Our responsibility today is to be quiet,â? Mr. Savage said after Mr. Slager entered his plea. Earlier
Tuesday, his office had issued a statement that said, â??We hope that Michaelâ??s acceptance of
responsibility will help the Scott family as they continue to grieve their loss.�
John Oâ??Leary, a defense lawyer in Columbia, the South Carolina capital, who is a former director of the
stateâ??s Criminal Justice Academy, said it made sense that Mr. Slager would want to avoid the troubled
state prison system and bring the cases that surrounded him to a conclusion.
â??I think heâ??s lucky to get it,â? Mr. Oâ??Leary said of the deal.
Scarlett A. Wilson, the local prosecutor, suggested that her decision to accept a plea arrangement was
something of a strategic choice. But she and Mr. Scottâ??s survivors emphasized that they were in
agreement about the outcome that many people here said would not have been possible without the
bystanderâ??s cellphone video, which showed Mr. Slager standing and firing.
â??Itâ??s not a joyous day,â? Ms. Wilson said. â??Itâ??s sad to see such an event like this happen, and to watch it
before your very eyes and to know how many good men and women in law enforcement are also paying
for what Michael Slager did. Itâ??s not fair.â?
By late afternoon, Mr. Slager had been processed at the Charleston County jail, where he will await
sentencing and an eventual transfer to a federal prison.
Standing outside the courthouse, Mr. Scottâ??s mother, Judy Scott, said she forgave Mr. Slager, and
although one of her sons called for Mr. Slager to be sentenced to a life term, Ms. Scott was less specific
about what penalty she wanted her sonâ??s killer to face.
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â??Michael Slager admitted what he did,â? Ms. Scott said. â??That was enough years for me because no
matter how many years Michael Slager gets, it would not bring back my son.�

(CNN) In a plea deal with prosecutors, former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager admitted to
using excessive force in the 2015 shooting death of Walter Scott.
Slager shot Scott in the back as the unarmed man was running away from Slager after a traffic stop. In a
reversal from his previous account, Slager admitted in court Tuesday that he did not shoot Scott in selfdefense and said that his use of force was unreasonable.
Scott’s death sparked renewed “Black Lives Matter” protests after the 50-year-old became the latest in a
series of unarmed black men killed by police.
With his family and Scott’s family present, Slager pleaded guilty Tuesday in US District Court in
Charleston to a federal charge of deprivation of rights under the color of law. In exchange for the plea,
state murder charges, as well as two other federal charges, will be dismissed.
The civil rights offense has a maximum penalty of life in prison. The plea agreement states that the
government will ask the court to apply sentencing guidelines for second degree murder, which carries up
to 25 years in prison. He was taken into custody after the hearing and will remain there until sentencing
later this year.
Scott’s mother said the sentence mattered little to her now that Slager had admitted responsibility.
“What made me feel good about it is that Michael Slager admitted what he did. That was enough years
for me,” she said in response to the question how much time she wanted Slager to serve.
“No matter how many years Michael Slager gets, it would not bring back my son,” she said. “This is a
victory for Walter. This is justice for the family, but this is just the beginning.”
The plea marks one of the first resolutions of a high-profile police shooting under new Attorney General
Jeff Sessions. He has ordered a review of police reform activities of the previous administration — many of
which were launched in response to police-involved shootings.
“The Department of Justice will hold accountable any law enforcement officer who violates the civil rights
of our citizens by using excessive force,” Sessions said in a statement Tuesday. “Such failures of duty not
only harm the individual victims of these crimes; they harm our country, by eroding trust in law
enforcement and undermining the good work of the vast majority of honorable and honest police officers.
Slager was an officer for the North Charleston Police Department when he pulled Scott over for a broken
tail light. A few moments later, Scott ran away.
A foot chase ensued, and a bystander’s cell phone video captured Slager firing eight times — striking
Scott five times in the back.
Slager initially said he feared for his life because Scott had grabbed his Taser — but the plea agreement
contains no such claim.
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Slager’s first attempt to use his Taser did not stop Scott. The second deployment dropped Scott to the
ground but he got up and took off running again. As he was fleeing, Slager shot him.
“We hope that Michael’s acceptance of responsibility will help the Scott family as they continue to grieve
their loss,” Slager’s attorney, Andy Savage, said.
Lawyers for Scott’s relatives said they accepted the plea deal.
“What these government officials did is they told Walter Scott and they told the Scott family, ‘You matter.’
And that is what we need to see all across the country, not just when there is a video,” Justin Bamberg
said.
Attorney Chris Stewart said the plea represented a rare show of accountability compared to other policeinvolved deaths that did not end in pleas or convictions.
“Today is rare. The Garners. The Blands. The Rice family. They didn’t get this type of justice that we got
today,” said Stewart, who represents the family of Alton Sterling, who was shot by police in Baton Rouge,
Louisiana.
“So it is a phenomenal day. And hopefully this will be the blueprint of future success for civil rights
because it’s got to change.”
http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/02/us/michael-slager-federal-plea/
(Post and Courier) Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager pleaded guilty Tuesday to
violating Walter Scottâ??s civil rights by shooting the fleeing black man five times â?? a sudden shift after
insisting for two years he had gunned down Scott in self-defense.
Slager reached the agreement with prosecutors a week before a jury was scheduled to be selected for his
trial in federal court. Under the “global” plea deal, state authorities promptly dropped a separate state
murder charge. Two other federal counts of lying to investigators and using a firearm in a violent crime
also will be dismissed.
Though a sentence was not agreed upon, the plea eliminates the unpredictability of a jury trial and will
place key issues affecting Slagerâ??s punishment squarely in the hands of a judge who’ll decide in the
coming weeks whether the officer committed murder in shooting Scott.
The charge â?? deprivation of rights under the color of law, carries as little as no prison time and as much
as life behind bars.
Scott’s loved ones and their attorneys praised the occasion as a rare felony conviction that never came in
countless other police shootings nationwide. They watched Slager stand in U.S. District Court in
Charleston and make a key admission, that he had used excessive force against Scott and acted willfully
with an intent to break the law.
“Today, he told the truth,” Scott’s oldest brother, Anthony, said after the hearing. “That is our victory.”
Captured on video that spread worldwide, the April 2015 shooting following a traffic stop for a minor
violation gave credence to long-standing allegations of unfair policing in North Charleston. The stark
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evidence brought intense scrutiny to the city amid a broader inspection of police uses of force against
black people. Slager is white.
North Charleston ultimately paid $6.5 million to Scott’s family.
“Justice doesn’t look like a big settlement check; it looks like today,” Chris Stewart, a Scott family
attorney, said. “Today is a monumental day … for civil rights.”
Slager, 35, hugged his lead attorney after entering the plea. From a front-row bench, his mother and wife
watched as authorities handcuffed Slager and led him from the packed courtroom. He was later booked
into the Charleston County jail where he had spent about eight months after his arrest.
“We hope that Michaelâ??s acceptance of responsibility will help the Scott family as they continue to grieve
their loss,” his attorney, Andy Savage, said in a statement.
The civil rights case, scheduled for May 15, would have been the second trial Slager faced. The first, on
the state murder charge, ended last year in a hung jury.
Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson, who prosecuted that state case, said the federal conviction
captures an element the murder trial would not have: that a policeman had violated Scott’s rights. She
hoped the resolution would make law enforcement safer.
“We have to turn this around,” she said. “My hope is that accountability for Michael Slager means that
fewer officers will die, that fewer civilians will die.”
Murder still a factor
The patrolman pulled over Scottâ??s car on April 4, 2015 because of broken brake light. The motorist soon
ran.
As the officer tried to subdue Scott with a Taser, they got into a fight. Slager said Scott took the stun gun
and that he fired out of fear for his own life.
But bystander Feidin Santana stood behind a nearby fence filming the action with a cellphone. The
footage showed Scott running as the Taser bounded along the ground. Slager started shooting when
Scott was more than 10 feet away.
Afterward, Slager picked up the Taser and dropped it near Scottâ??s lifeless body, only to fetch it within
seconds.
Slager wasnâ??t jailed until three days later, after the video emerged publicly. By then, federal authorities
alleged, Slager had lied to state investigators by saying Scott was coming at him when he fired, a
contradiction to the video evidence.
U.S. District Judge David Norton can consider that alleged deception in deciding a sentence.
Before the next hearing, federal probation agents will compile a report portraying the various aggravating
and mitigating factors in the crime. But Norton will have other elements to consider. The sentencing itself
could amount to a days-long miniature trial without the same rules of evidence.
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THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
FALL TERM, 2010
DOCKET NO. 01-01234
ROGER KENT AND ANITA KENT, PARENTS
AND NATURAL GUARDIANS OF ANNA
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RIGHT,
Petitioner,
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INGEN LABORATORIES,
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ON WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE TWELFTH CIRCUIT
Brief for Petitioner
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