South Carolina Cop Deserves a Better Lawyer

The video of Officer Michael Slager shooting at Walter Scott is damning, but that's no reason for his attorney to quit.

For justice, we'll need lawyers.

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The correct ethical response to the video of Officer Michael Slager shooting Walter Scott in the back is to condemn the crime -- with one exception. The exception is Slager’s attorney, who has an ethical obligation as a lawyer to defend his client, not to abandon him or harm him by a public act of distancing. Yet in an interview with the Daily Beast, Slager’s lawyer did just that, dropping his client like a hot potato and strongly implying that Slager either had been set on a course of perjury or was simply too repulsive to represent.

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