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Oct 29, 2021

US to pay $88M to families, victims of SC church massacre

WASHINGTON (AP) — Families of nine victims killed in a racist attack at a Black South Carolina church have reached a settlement with the Justice Department over a faulty background check that allowed Dylann Roof to purchase the gun he used in the 2015 massacre. The Justice Department will pay $88 million, which includes $63 […]

Sep 29, 2021

Court denies Dylann Roof’s request for new appellate hearing

By MEG KINNARD Associated Press Dylann Roof has lost the next phase of his appeal, with a federal court turning down his request for a new hearing to challenge his death sentence and conviction in the 2015 racist slayings of nine members of a Black South Carolina congregation. In an order issued Monday, the 4th […]

Aug 26, 2021

Court upholds death sentence for church shooter

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld Dylann Roof’s conviction and death sentence for the 2015 racist slayings of nine members of a Black South Carolina congregation, saying the legal record cannot even capture the “full horror” of what he did. A unanimous three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of […]

May 24, 2021

Charleston church shooter making appellate arguments

COLUMBIA (AP) — The man on federal death row for the racist slayings of nine members of a Black South Carolina congregation is making his appellate argument that his conviction and death sentence should be overturned. Oral arguments in the case of Dylann Roof are scheduled to be held Tuesday before a three-judge panel of […]

Mar 30, 2021

Appellate court arguments set for Charleston church shooter

COLUMBIA (AP) — Attorneys for the man sentenced to federal death row for the racist slayings of nine members of a Black South Carolina congregation are set to formally argue that his conviction and death sentence should be overturned. Oral arguments have been set for May 25 before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals […]

Sep 4, 2019

Appeals court reinstates lawsuit in SC church shooting case

By DENISE LAVOIE AP Legal Affairs Writer RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A lawsuit over a faulty background check that allowed a South Carolina man to buy the gun he used to kill nine people in a racist attack at a Charleston church was reinstated Friday by a federal appeals court. A three-judge panel of the […]

Jun 19, 2018

Judge dismisses Charleston church-shooting lawsuit

A federal judge in Charleston threw out a lawsuit brought on behalf of the victims of the mass shooting at Emanuel AME Church against the FBI June 18, The Post & Courier reports. The suit claimed that the FBI failed to prohibit shooter Dylann Roof from purchasing a weapon despite a previous arrest record and […]

Feb 28, 2018

Faith, public safety leaders back Dylann Roof loophole bill

COLUMBIA (AP) Members of faith and law enforcement communities are voicing support for a bipartisan bill that would make it tougher for someone like Dylann Roof to buy a gun in South Carolina. Emanuel AME Church pastor Eric Manning told lawmakers Feb. 27 he supports the measure to extend background checks from three days to five. […]

Sep 26, 2016

First of hundreds of jurors report in church massacre trial

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dylann Roof, charged with hate crimes and obstruction of religion in the Charleston church massacre, sat in a federal courtroom Monday looking down and generally avoiding eye contact with the potential jurors who could sentence him to death. The first of hundreds of potential jurors reported to the courthouse in the […]

Aug 30, 2016

Feds get more time to respond to church shooting lawsuits

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A judge has granted the federal government more time to respond to wrongful death lawsuits in the South Carolina church shootings that claimed the lives of nine black parishioners. Fifteen lawsuits have been filed, alleging that the FBI negligently conducted a background check on 22-year-old Dylann Roof, which enabled him to buy […]

Aug 29, 2016

Lawyer’s at center of race, gun debate on 2 Charleston cases

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Andy Savage keeps in his law office a sealed plastic bag with the blood-splattered clothes that Felicia Sanders wore sheltering her granddaughter from a fusillade of bullets that killed nine black parishioners at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church. Down the hall, his colleagues met recently with another client, Michael Slager, the white […]

Aug 2, 2016

Attorneys for Dylann Roof file death penalty challenge

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Attorneys for the man charged with killing nine people at a Charleston church are challenging federal prosecutors’ intention to seek the death penalty against him. Lawyers for Dylann Roof argue in a motion filed Monday that the death penalty and federal death penalty law are unconstitutional. Their motion asks that a […]

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