SC Supreme Court orders judge to hear Michael Slager case

Photo Source: AP
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina Supreme Court has ordered a judge to hear the Michael Slager case.

Solicitor Scarlett Wilson released the document from the state's supreme court naming Clifton Newman to hear the case.

"I received this via email from Court Administration late this afternoon," said Wilson in a Facebook post on Tuesday regarding the order."While I was unaware this was in the works, it is not without precedent for the Chief Justice to assign judges to cases, sua sponte."

A South Carolina Judicial Department website lists Newman, 63, as a judge based in Kingstree. 

The state supreme court order is as follows:

IT IS ORDERED that the Honorable Clifton Newman be vested with exclusive jurisdiction to hear and dispose of the above case. Judge Newman shall decide all matters pertaining to this case, including motions to appoint or relieve counsel, and shall retain jurisdiction over this case regardless of where he may be assigned to hold court and may schedule such hearings as may be necessary at any time without regard as to whether there is a term of court scheduled.

"Based on the facts thus far, it does not appear South Carolina's death penalty provision applies in this case because there are no statutory 'aggravating circumstances' present," Wilson said in a press release.

Authorities say Scott was shot and killed by Slager on April 4 after fleeing from his vehicle during a traffic stop that took place on Remount Road in North Charleston.

The video led to Slager's arrest and murder charge.

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