Dylann Roof, who is accused of shooting and killing 9 people at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, ironically got an outspoken proponent for racial justice as his public defender.
Quartz writes that David Bruck was appointed to defend Roof on federal hate crime charges on July 23. Bruck is a prominent capital punishment expert who also worked on the team defending Boston bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev, who was sentenced to death in May.
Bruck was also counsel for several high-profile cases involving racial disparity in the application of the death penalty.
Quartz writes that Roof faces 33 federal counts in addition to state charges, which include nine counts of murder. The federal indictment states that by attacking African-American parishioners, Roof “wanted to increase racial tensions across the nation.” He will face two trials, one local and one federal, with the state likely to go first.
Above is an emotional video of the Dylann Roof bond hearing from Friday, June 19th, 2015.