Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who was sent to death row for the June 2015 massacre at a black church in South Carolina, wants to fire the two public defenders appointed to his case because they are Indian and Jewish.
Roof argued that it was “quite literally impossible” for the lawyers to have his same interests in this case.
“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,” Roof said in a handwritten, three-page motion filed Monday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.
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Roof also claimed that the lawyers, Alexandra Yates and Sapna Mirchandani, were faced with “a barrier to effective communication” because of their ethnicities.
This isn’t the first time Roof has tried to get a change of lawyers, and he referenced in the letter David Isaac Bruck, who was his defense attorney during his trial. Roof threatened to kill Bruck, who is Jewish, if he ever got out of jail.
On Monday, Roof said that he was frustrated by Bruck’s Jewish heritage, which he described as a “constant source of conflict.”
However, since public defenders should be appointed by their legal ability and nothing else, it is not likely that Roof’s request will be honored.