Attorneys for Dylann Roof Want Federal Charges Dropped

Attorneys for Charleston Church Shooter Want Federal Charges Dropped, Claims Case Is ‘Unconstitutional’ – Atlanta Black Star – According to Charleston, South Carolina news station WCSC, lawyers filed the motion Tuesday, arguing the federal government didn’t have the constitutional authority to prosecute Roof; instead, the state government should be left to handle the matter. They also claim the federal case against Roof violates his 13th Amendment rights (which outlawed slavery) and the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment. “The charges at issue are extremely grave, but under the Constitution they are not properly charged,” argued Sarah Gannett, one of Roof’s lawyers. “The defendant therefore requests that the indictment be dismissed.” The 21-year-old was slapped with 33 hate crimes charges after killing nine Black parishioners at the Mother Emanuel A.M.E. church in June of last year. Per WCSC, jury selection for his federal trial is set to begin Nov. 7 while his state trial is scheduled for January 17, 2017. Prosecutors at the state and federal levels are seeking the death penalty for Roof.

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