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Accused Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof will represent himself at federal hate-crimes trial

November 28 at 7:35 PM

The white man charged with killing nine black parishioners at a church in Charleston, S.C., last year will be allowed to represent himself in his federal hate-crimes trial, a judge said Monday.

This means that Dylann Roof, 22, could question survivors of the attack if they are called to testify in the case, one of two trials he faces for the massacre at Emanuel AME Church. In addition to being indicted on federal hate-crimes charges, Roof has been charged with murder and attempted murder in state court, and he faces potential death sentences in both trials.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel’s decision Monday came as jury selection is getting underway in the federal trial after a three-week delay. Jury selection was initially scheduled to begin earlier this month, but it was abruptly postponed after last-minute questions arose about Roof’s ability to understand the proceedings and assist in his own defense.

On Friday, Gergel ruled that Roof was competent to stand trial, although he kept sealed his exact reasons for doing so, and hearings and filings on the matter also were shielded from public view.

There were other sealed filings over the weekend in the case, which may have reflected debate about Roof’s request to represent himself. It is unclear how his decision to represent himself could affect the timetable for the trial, which is expected to last months. Gergel is expected to issue a written order later Monday, according to the Justice Department.


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Being accused of a hate crime

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Hate Crimes produce a great deal of negative public attention. This means that, regrettably for the accused, the negative type publicity and media hype make it even more difficult to receive a reasonable and fair trial.

Being accused of a hate crime is not something to take calmly. The consequences may lead to jail time amongst loss of your job, and expensive fines. More importantly, your reputation can be damaged which could affect your future both professionally and personally. Especially, if you have been wrongfully accused of a hate crime, it is critical that you contact an experienced hate crimes criminal attorney who will take immediate action and protect your rights.


Reasons of Felony Hate Crimes:


  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Gender
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Disability
  • Political Beliefs
  • Social / Economic Status



Hate crime is different from other types of crime in that it has the main purpose and is centered on the involvement of the victimization of an individual based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or social and economic status. Hate crimes generally take or involve verbal assault, physical assault, vandalism, harassment, or murder. The punishment associated with hate crimes are dependent on a numerous factors such as prior convictions, probation or parole status, media attention, and other circumstances that are deemed legal issues.


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L.A. Now California: This just in LOCAL L.A. Now Violent crime in California rose 10% in 2015, state attorney general says

By Bettina Boxall

After two years of decline, the number of violent crimes in California rose by 10% in 2015, although the overall crime rate remained among the lowest in decades.

The numbers were up in all major categories of violent crime compared with those of 2014, according to reports released Friday by the state attorney general’s office.

Homicides increased 9.7%, and robbery and aggravated assault climbed by more than 8%.

Hate crimes followed the same trend, with a 10.4% jump. The vast majority of the uptick involved religious bias. Anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish incidents were up, as were those targeting Latinos.

Although the number of burglaries dropped, total property crimes climbed by 8.1%, driven by a significant rise in motor vehicle thefts.

Despite the upswing, overall violent and property crime rates per 100,000 were lower last year than in 2010, and remained dramatically lower than the peaks of the 1980s and 1990s.

Statewide, 1,861 people were slain in 2015, compared with more than 4,000 in 1993.

In 2009, the number of homicides across California dipped below 2,000 for the first time since 1974 and has fluctuated below that number ever since.

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