After a judge characterized Dylann Roof's decision "unwise," the Charleston church shooter has gone back on his request to act as his own lawyer during his trial. Roof still potentially faces the death penalty for opening fire on a (predominantly black) church in South Carolina.
More specifically, from the AP: "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 AP also hints that something else is going on behind the scenes of the trial, noting that Roof seems determined to keep them away from the proceedings: "[T]hey suggested there is something embarrassing Roof is afraid they might use to try to spare his life. They did not elaborate."
Despite whatever is happening in the shadows, Roof ultimately submitted the request to have his lawyers present once again via a handwritten note over the weekend. Roof oversaw the selection of his own jury while acting as his own representative.
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