NBC News reports South Carolina Supreme court has ordered that a new judge preside over the case of the Charleston Shooter.
Charleston County Magistrate James Gosnell Jr. presided over Dylann Roof’s bond hearing this Friday (June 19, 2015). During his opening statement, the judge made the point to emphasize that there are more than 9 victims and that the family of the shooter are victims as well. While he may have felt his statement was needed, a lot of the country did not.
Many people quickly took to Social Media to post updates about how they thought the judge was “inappropriate” and “out-of-line”. Some people went far enough to say that the judge sympathized more with the family of the shooter than the families of those that died. Those people no longer have to worry.
According to NBC News, the state Supreme Court announced prior to the bond hearing that Circuit Court Judge J.C. Nicholson would preside over Roof’s criminal charges replacing Gosnell. The change came as revelations later surfaced that Charleston County Magistrate James Gosnell Jr., who presided over confessed gunman Dylann Roof’s bond hearing on Friday, made racist comments in a courtroom over a decade ago. Gosnell was reprimanded by the state Supreme Court in 2005 for telling a black defendant in 2003, “There are four kinds of people in this world: black people, white people, rednecks, and n******.” (paragraph written by Elizabeth Chuck and Erika Angulo)
Wow. There is still a lot more to come from this case.