Saturday, September 18, 2021

Dylann Roof Pleads for Mercy; Asks Court to Overturn Death Sentence

Dylann Roof appears in court (April 10, 2017)
Dylann Roof appears in court (April 10, 2017)

*He showed no mercy when gunning down nine black worshippers in June 2015, but white supremacist Dylann Roof is now asking a court for mercy in his punishment for the horrific hate crime.

On Tuesday, Roof asked the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn his conviction and death sentence for the racist attack at Emanuel AME church in Charleston, S.C.

The filing by Roof’s attorneys was reportedly an expected move in what will likely be years of appeals in his federal case. Earlier this month, the federal judge who presided over Roof’s trial rejected his first appeal, ruling that the conviction and death sentence should stand.

The 23-year-old was sentenced to death earlier this year.

In his initial appeal, Roof argued that his crime didn’t fit the definition of interstate commerce needed to make a federal case because he bought the gun and bullets in South Carolina and did not travel out-of-state to the church.

But U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel ruled that Roof had used a telephone to call the church, GPS to find it and that the bullets and gun were manufactured in a different state.

Roof remains in custody on federal death row in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. He’s kidding right? Not only should he and his attorneys be laughed out of the courthouse for that ridiculous request, he should be immediately taken out and lynched in a televised event, after all available vendors have been contacted to set up to sell refreshments. Oh, and admission should be free.

  2. As a general rule, I hate the death penalty. Esp since many men (esp men of color) have been wrongly convicted and even put to death when innocent. Overall, the death penalty makes me sick to my stomach.
    But once in a while, there comes along someone who makes even me think they are heinous enough to deserve it. And this man is one of them. What he did was pure evil.

  3. I was against the feds from prosecuting him in the first place. It was a state crime and the state should have handled it. The appeals process would have been shorter and he would have been in the chamber much sooner. I too am against the death penalty but in this case let me pull the handle on him. To sit in that church in a prayer meeting and then get up and murder them is the most heinous crime I can ever remember since The church bombing in Birmingham.
    Bring back “old sparky” for this guy and make it quick.

  4. He is a monster. He took advantage of his victims at time when they were covered in the love of God and his goodness. They welcomed him with a trusting heart and he deliberately took their lives in the coldest and cruelest way possible. I am a supporter of the death penalty but for this monster, let him live, let him fight and let him claw and try and survive the hell God has in store for him. May he live a long and painful existence.

  5. Cop off his head and feed him to the hogs. If he had behaved himself and minded his own business he would not be in this situation. It’s high time our milksop clueless culture started making idiots responsible for their actions.

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