Entries tagged with “Dylann Roof

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Jan 30, 2020

Charleston Church Shooter Appeals Federal Death Sentence Amid Claims of Mental Incompetence

Lawyers for white suprema­cist Dylann Roof (pic­tured) have asked a fed­er­al appeals court to vacate his fed­er­al con­vic­tions and death sen­tences for the racial­ly-moti­vat­ed mur­ders of nine wor­shipers at an his­toric African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina in June 2015. Roof’s lawyers raised more than a dozen claims of con­sti­tu­tion­al and legal error in a 321-page legal brief filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on January 282020.

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May 27, 2021

Citing Mental Incompetency From Racist Delusions, Appeal Lawyers Argue Trial Court Should Not Have Permitted Dylann Roof to Represent Himself

Lawyers for fed­er­al death row pris­on­er Dylann Roof argued to a fed­er­al appeals court that the avowed white supremacist’s con­vic­tions and death sen­tences in his tri­al for the 2015 mur­ders of nine Black church­go­ers at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina should be over­turned because the judge pre­sid­ing over his case uncon­sti­tu­tion­al­ly per­mit­ted Roof to rep­re­sent him­self while men­tal­ly incompetent.

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Sep 24, 2021

Federal Appeals Court Denies Reconsideration of Dylann Roof Appeal

In a one-page order on September 24, 2021, a pan­el of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit denied fed­er­al death-row pris­on­er Dylann Roofs motion seek­ing to rear­gue his appeal in front of the full cir­cuit. On August 25, 2021, a spe­cial pan­el of judges from out­side the cir­cuit affirmed Roof’s con­vic­tions and death sen­tences for the racial­ly moti­vat­ed mur­ders of nine parish­ioners in an his­toric Charleston, South Carolina African-American church in 2017.

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Aug 26, 2021

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Convictions and Death Sentences for Dylann Roof

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has affirmed Dylann Roofs fed­er­al-court con­vic­tions and death sen­tences for the racial­ly moti­vat­ed mur­ders of nine parish­ioners in an his­toric Charleston, South Carolina African-American church in 2017.

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Nov 28, 2016

Judge Grants Dylann Roof’s Request to Represent Himself in Federal Death Penalty Trial

U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Gergel grant­ed a request on November 28 from Dylann Roof (pic­tured), the 22-year-old charged with the mur­ders of nine mem­bers of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, to rep­re­sent him­self in his fed­er­al cap­i­tal tri­al. Judge Gergel described Roof’s deci­sion as strate­gi­cal­ly unwise,” but said, It is a deci­sion you have the right to make.” A crim­i­nal defen­dan­t’s right to self-rep­re­sen­ta­tion was estab­lished by the Supreme Court in 1975 in Farretta v. California, a non-cap­i­tal case where the Court held…

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May 11, 2017

Newly Released Documents Show Dylann Roof Feared Being Labeled Mentally Ill More Than He Feared Death Sentence

Newly unsealed psy­chi­atric eval­u­a­tions and court tran­scripts in the case of Dylann Roof (pic­tured) — sen­tenced to death for the racial­ly moti­vat­ed killing of nine black church­go­ers in Charleston, South Carolina—raise addi­tion­al ques­tions as to whether Roof was com­pe­tent to waive rep­re­sen­ta­tion in his death penal­ty pro­ceed­ings and to forego pre­sent­ing men­tal health evi­dence in his defense.

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Jun 16, 2021

White House Reasserts Opposition to Death Penalty, Stresses Independence of Justice Department as DOJ Asks Supreme Court to Reinstate Death Sentence in Boston Marathon Bombing

As the Department of Justice filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court seek­ing rein­state­ment of the death sen­tence imposed on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bomb­ing, the White House press office issued a state­ment stress­ing the inde­pen­dence of the Department over the cas­es it is pur­su­ing and assert­ing that President Joe Biden has not backed away from his cam­paign promise to work to end the fed­er­al death penalty.