During the arraignment of Dylann Roof, the suspect in the Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting, the presiding judge said the victims not only included those who died, but also Roof's family.
“We have victims — nine of them,” Judge James Gosnell said in court on Friday. "But we also have victims on the other side. There are victims on this young man's side of the family.”
Gosnell’s statement reportedly prompted an outcry from the victims’ families who were present in the courtroom, and complaints have now been brought against the judge for being “insensitive."
The Boston Herald reports that Gosnell was issued a public reprimand for misconduct in 2005 by the South Carolina Supreme Court in regard to a statement he made to a black defendant during a 2003 case. Gosnell said, “There are four kinds of people in this world — black people, white people, red necks, and n*****s.”
In his opening statement to the court on Friday, Gosnell asked for support to be given to Roof’s family, reports The Daily Mail.
“Nobody would have ever thrown them into the whirlwind of events that they are being thrown into,” Gosnell said. “We must find it in our heart at some point in time not only to help those that are victims but to also help his family as well.”
Roof admitted to shooting nine people in a Charleston, South Carolina, church on Wednesday and he has been charged with nine counts of murder.
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