We were all shocked when a guilty verdict was reached in just 2 hours for the Alex Murdaugh murder trial.
Everyone was certain that it was going to be a hung jury, but alas, it was not.
I will go on record as saying that I think — nay, I’m sure — that justice was served in this trial.
The entire situation is just very tragic, and obviously never should have happened.
It seems Judge Clifton Newman, the judge in the Murdaugh trial, has some opinions about what went down, and he didn’t mince words about it.
I know you have to see Paul and Maggie during the nighttime when you’re attempting to go to sleep. I’m sure they come and visit you, I’m sure.Judge Clifton Newman
Yikes, right! It’s what we were all thinking, but Judge Newman voiced it out loud. I think he’s my new hero.
This has been perhaps one of the most troubling cases not just for me as a judge, for the state, for the defense team, but for all of the citizens in this community, all the citizens in this state, as we have seen based on the media coverage throughout the nation.Judge Clifton Newman
You have a wife who has been killed, murdered. A son savagely murdered. A lawyer, a person from the respected family who has controlled justice in this community for over a century, a person whose grandfather’s portrait hang at the back of the courthouse that I had to have ordered removed in order to ensure that a fair trial was had by both the state and the defense.Judge Clifton Newman
It is also particularly troubling, Mr. Murdaugh, because as a member of the legal community, and a well known member of the legal community, you have practiced law before me, and we have seen each other at various occasions throughout the years,Judge Clifton Newman
It was especially heartbreaking for me to see you go in the media from being a grieving father who lost a wife and a son to being the person indicted and convicted of killing them.Judge Clifton Newman
You have engaged in such duplicitous conduct here in the courtroom, here on the witness stand, and as established by the testimony throughout the time leading from the time of the indictment and prior to the indictment throughout the trial to this moment in time, certainly you have no obligation to say anything other than saying not guilty.Judge Clifton Newman
Obviously, as appeals are probably expected or absolutely expected, I would not expect a confession of any kind. In fact, as I have presided over murder cases over the past 22 years, I have yet to find a defendant who could go there, who could go back to that moment in time when they decided to pull the trigger or to otherwise murder someone.Judge Clifton Newman
I have not been able to get anyone, any defendant, even those who have confessed to being guilty to go back and explain to me what happened at that moment in time when they opted to pull the trigger, when they opted to commit the most heinous crime known to man.Judge Clifton Newman
He pretty much just said that he believes Alex did, in fact, commit the murders, right?
And the question is when will [your repeated lying] end? When will it end? And it has ended already for the jury, because they’ve concluded that you continue to lie and lied throughout your testimony. And perhaps with all the throng of people here, they for the most part all believe or 80, 90& or 99% believe that you continue to lie now when your statement of denial to the court.Judge Clifton Newman
And it might not have been you. It might have been the monster you become when you take 15, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 opioid pills, and maybe you become another person. I have seen that before. The person standing before me was not the person who committed the crime, though it is the same individual. We’ll leave that at that.Judge Clifton Newman
Mr. Murdaugh, I sentence you to the state Department of Corrections on each of the murder indictments. In the murder of your wife Maggie Murdaugh. I sentence you for the term of the rest of your natural life.Judge Clifton Newman
For the murder of Paul Murdaugh, whom you probably loved so much, I sentence you to prison for murdering him for the rest of your natural life. Those sentences will run consecutive.Judge Clifton Newman
Under the statute involving possession of a weapon during a violent crime there is no sentence, where a life sentence is imposed on other indictments. That is the sentence of the court and you are remanded to the state Department of Corrections. And officers may carry forth on the imposition.Judge Clifton Newman
There you have it. It sounds like Judge Newman is pretty much thinking what every single other person in this country is thinking.
According to a jury, Alex Murdaugh is, in fact, guilty of the murder of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh.