Published: Wed, September 20, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof asks to fire Jewish, Indian attorneys

Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof asks to fire Jewish, Indian attorneys

Dylann Roof has filed an appeal for new legal representation because his lawyers - the Jewish Alexandra Yates and the Indian Sapna Mirchandani - aren't white, and therefore are his "biological enemies".

In his letter, Roof added, "Because of my political views, which are arguably religious, it will be impossible for me to trust two attorneys that are my political and biological enemies".

In May, Roof requested the court to overturn his conviction and death sentence for the killings. The manifesto outlining his views is full of racist and anti-Semitic rants.

In the motion filed on Monday, Roof made it clear that he had experienced the same problem with his federal trial lawyer, David Isaac Bruck who was also Jewish.

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Dylann Roof is escorted into the court room at the Charleston County Judicial Center to enter his guilty plea on murder charges in state court for the 2015 shooting massacre at a historic black church, in Charleston, South Carolina, April 10, 2017.

Roof requested new lawyers to be appointed for his Federal appeal case, saying that the current ones are his "political and biological" enemies whom he can not trust.

He also cited the importance of being able to trust his attorneys.

In Roof's manifestos on race, he described wanting to "destroy the Jewish identity". If the court sides with Roof, new public defenders would have to be appointed to Roof's case - and presumably the court would have to find a pair of appellate attorneys who didn't have the same combination of faith and melanin that supposedly disqualifies Roof's current representation.

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Roof had sought to represent himself but ended up permitting Bruck to take the role of lead counsel during the guilt phase of his trial. At one point, Roof told Bruck to his face [VIDEO]that he hated him and if he was ever set free, he would go to his house and kill him.

Roof claimed that Bruck's ethnicity was a constant source of conflict despite his efforts to look past it.

He was sentenced to death earlier this year after acting as his own attorney for the sentencing portion and calling no witnesses.

Roof confessed to the crime during a taped interrogation.

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