Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who killed nine black congregants at a Charleston, South Carolina church was found guilty of all 33 federal charges on Thursday, Dec. 15.
In 2015, Roof took a handgun into the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston where he massacred nine churchgoers, including state senator Clementa C. Pinckney. On Jun. 26, 2015, President Obama sang Amazing Grace at Pinckney’s funeral.
Roof’s charges include hate crime and religious obstruction. He will face his penalty trial on Jan. 3, 2017.
Here’s what people on the internet had to say about the conviction:
Good thing Dylann Roof confessed and wasn’t a cop otherwise he would have been found innocent
— (((Charles Young))) (@CharlieYoungEsq) December 15, 2016
What happened in Charleston, Newton and elsewhere has done nothing to change us or the way we see gun policy. — G O L D I E. (@goldietaylor) December 15, 2016
Mostly, because I know we have done nothing to prevent the next Dylann Roof who might emerge from the shadows.
— G O L D I E. (@goldietaylor) December 15, 2016ADVERTISEMENT
Dylann Roof was found guilty?! I’m surprised, the system actually got this one right.
— R A K I M (@RakimJahlil) December 15, 2016
Dylann Roof found alt-innocent
— Erin 🎶Gloria🎶 Ryan (@morninggloria) December 15, 2016
Dylann Roof stood, hands at his sides and his face emotionless, as the clerk read “guilty” aloud 33 times. Guilty of all charges.ADVERTISEMENT
— Alan Blinder (@alanblinder) December 15, 2016
Jury finds WHITE SUPREMACIST TERRORIST Dylann Roof guilty on all counts in killings of 9 Black Christians at Charleston AME Church.
— #J20 (@Delo_Taylor) December 15, 2016
Even though he waived his right to counsel, Roof has until Jan 3 to essentially change his mind (as he did for the guilt stage). #RoofTrial
— Bim Adewunmi (@bimadew) December 15, 2016
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New York’s legislature gives landlords a lesson in democracy
The knockout punch that the New York State Legislature just landed fighting landlords over spiraling rents ought to be attracting wider attention.
Just as with healthcare access or prescription drug prices, the cost of rent increases that mostly benefit big apartment owners is a challenge to the income-gap society that are at the heart of the national political debate. Every urban center in the country is having housing problems, and rents, like mortgages, are a subject at every kitchen table.
For once, the New York Legislature, whose Democrats overcame internecine divisions this session, has abolished rules that let building owners deregulate apartments, and closed loopholes that have permitted landlords to raise rents. And the changes for better tenant protection were made permanent, eliminating the recurring drama over these issues.