COLUMBIA, SC (AP) — A federal appeals court has denied white supremacist Dylann Roof’s request to replace his Jewish and Indian lawyers who are appealing his death sentence for a racist massacre in South Carolina a day after he filed it.
The 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals issued a one-page, 11-word denial Tuesday.
Roof’s handwritten appeal was filed Monday. He wrote: “It will be impossible for me to trust two attorneys that are my political and biological enemies.”
Roof was sentenced to death in January after being convicted of hate crimes in the killings of nine black worshipers at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church in June 2015.
In denying Roof’s requests, the judges wrote: “The court denies the motion for substitution of counsel on appeal.”
During his trial, Roof did not want jurors to consider his mental health because he regards psychology as “a Jewish invention.”
“It is a Jewish invention and does nothing but invent diseases and tell people they have problems when they don’t,” Roof wrote at the time.