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Defense Attorneys Cite Sessions' Memory Recall in SC Cop Shooting

Defense Attorneys Cite Sessions' Memory Recall in SC Cop Shooting
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By    |   Tuesday, 28 November 2017 08:14 AM

Attorneys for a former South Carolina police officer who pled guilty to fatally shooting an unarmed black man are lifting up the shaky memory of the attorney general of the U.S. as part of their defense, The Washington Post reports.

Former cop Michael Slager didn't lie on the stand, attorneys said in a filing, he has a shaky memory — just like Jeff Sessions.

Sessions' testimony before the House Judiciary committee earlier this month was laden with many "I don't recalls" and telling the truth "to the best of my memory," but said it was a lie to say he lied.

What's good for the goose is good for the gander, defense attorneys wrote in the filing asking a judge for leniency for Slager, the Post reports. 

"As Sessions made clear in his statement, a failure to recall, or an inaccurate recollection, does not a liar make. Like Sessions, Slager never lied or misled anyone," the defense attorneys' filing reads, the Post reported.

"Like Sessions, he answered the questions that were asked. When he had his memory refreshed, he added the refreshed recollection to his testimony. When he failed to remember certain items, it can be attributed to the stress or chaos of the event during which the memory should have been formed," Slager's attorneys wrote.

The strategy also attempts to put federal prosecutors in a pickle; if, as they maintain, Slager lied repeatedly under oath, didn't their boss at the Department of Justice also lie under oath?

"Apparently, the DOJ classifies a lie as anything that is inconsistent with their version of the story," defense attorneys wrote, the Post reported.

The feds are pushing for a sentence of life in prison for second-degree murder for the killing of Walter Scott, with an enhanced penalty for obstruction of justice. Defense attorneys are asking for voluntary manslaughter for Slager, who pleaded guilty to a federal charge of violating Scott's civil rights.

Sentencing will be handed down next week.

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Attorneys for a former South Carolina police officer who pled guilty to fatally shooting an unarmed black man are lifting up the shaky memory of the attorney general of the U.S. as part of their defense, The Washington Post reports.
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