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    Dylann Roof Is Sentenced to Death in Charleston Church Massacre

    Dylann S. Roof, the impenitent and inscrutable white supremacist who killed nine African-American churchgoers in a brazenly racial assault almost 19 months ago, shocking the world over the persistence of extremist hatred in dark corners of the American South, was condemned to death by a federal jury on Tuesday.

    The jury of nine whites and three blacks, who last month found Mr. Roof guilty of 33 counts for the attack at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, S.C., returned their unanimous verdict after about three hours of deliberations in the penalty phase of a heart-rending and often legally confounding trial. He showed no emotion as the verdict was read.

    The guilt of Mr. Roof, who coolly confessed to the killings and then justified them without remorse in a jailhouse manifesto, was never in serious doubt during the first phase of the proceedings in Federal District Court in December. By the time the jurors began their deliberations on his sentence, it seemed inevitable that they would lean toward death, not only because of the heinous nature of the crimes but because Mr. Roof, 22, insisted on denying any psychological incapacity, called no witnesses, presented no evidence in his defense and mostly sidelined his court-appointed lawyers.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/10/us/dylann-roof-trial-charleston.html?_r=0

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  • Rocco (548 posts)
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    1. Now the racists have their martyr.

    This was part of his plan, I bet. Be a martyr, and this way there will be more racists to follow his “cause.”

    • MrMickeysMom (1167 posts)
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      6. Agreed, Rocco…

      The worst thing is a death sentence. Martyrdom is the only thing this kid has as a goal in life. It would have been SO much better to have a stay of execution (wish it could come from a black leader).

      Hell no...I'm not giving up...     cat-gif-238.gif giphy.gif
  • libodem (985 posts)
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    2. My first impulse was, "good"

    If anyone deserves it he does, but I still struggle with the DP in a civilized society.

    This gives me inner conflict and not peace.  I struggle with how we decide insanity cases vs knowing right from wrong.

    Too, bad they don’t make it quick. All the appeals, dragging on forever, are a big waste of time.

    He’s despicable. Good!

  • Satan (1485 posts)
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    3. Looking forward to tormenting that little prick

    How quick are the executions scheduled in SC??

    (I doubt that appeals are going to be an issue here, considering the ignorant hateful little shit “defended himself” in the sentencing phase of the trial.)

    Fuck the DLC, Third Way, and Emily's List. They have proven themselves to be a threat to all life on Earth.
    • GZeusH (1193 posts)
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      4. Federal court

      Not a SC state court, so you’ll have plenty of time to go do some soul shopping.  Have you tried the Clinton Foundation?  I hear they are running low on donations, so they might be selling.

      Policy:  The mistaken notion that bossy people have that they can influence other people's behavior through majority rule.
  • ramparta (184 posts)
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    5. if roof was aided and abetted by ant person or group

    death penalty is good way to silence him forever.

    an old boss of mine was reputed to be a mafia leader. the “motivational” sign in his office said

    “three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.”