The jury has made its decision in the case of Dylann Roof, charged with the shooting deaths of nine people attending church in Charleston, South Carolina. Roof has been sentenced to death.
Federal Hate Crime Death Sentence
As the Associated Press reports, this is the first time that an individual has been sentenced to death in this country for what has been designated as a "hate crime."
Roof represented himself before the jury. Read details of his statements prior to sentencing in the CBS News coverage, " Dylann Roof sentenced to death for Charleston church shooting."
Moratorium on Federal Death Penalty
Right now, there is a federal moratorium on the death penalty. There are 62 Federal Death Row Inmates on the federal government’s Death Row. Dylann Roof apparently will be number 63, joining Death Row inmates like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon Bomber.
Will Federal Moratorium on Death Penalty End?
What will happen during the new Presidential Administration? Some suggest that Trump will change the moratorium and federal executions will proceed.