Judge al­lows Dy­lann Roof to re­hire lawyers, for now

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CHARLESTON | A fed­eral judge agreed Mon­day to let a white man ac­cused of fa­tally shoot­ing nine black parish­ioners re­hire his at­tor­neys un­til a ver­dict is reached, but to re­main his own lawyer if he is found guilty and the trial moves into a penalty phase.

The de­ci­sion by U.S. Dis­trict Judge Richard Gergel ended a week of Dy­lann

Roof act­ing as his own lawyer in his death penalty trial. Mr. Roof wrote the judge a note with his re­quest over the week­end. It is un­clear why Mr. Roof, 22, is so de­ter­mined to keep the lawyers out of the penalty phase.

In their own mo­tion Fri­day ask­ing Judge Gergel to or­der Mr. Roof to hire them back, they sug­gested there is some­thing em­bar­rass­ing about Mr. Roof that he is afraid they might use to try to spare his life. They did not elab­o­rate.

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