Post and Courier attorney objects to closed hearing in Dylann Roof case

THE POST AND COURIER, 22 AUGUST 2016, FEAT. PROF. JAY BENDER:

An attorney for The Post and Courier has asked a federal judge to reconsider barring the public from a hearing in Dylann Roof’s death penalty case.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel last week ruled that he would close a Sept. 1 proceeding to discuss whether certain evidence should be allowed in the trial. In his order, Gergel said that disclosing the information early “could expose prospective jurors to evidence that they may not properly consider in reaching a verdict,” jeopardizing Roof’s constitutional right to a fair trial.

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