Letter to the Charleston Post and Courier

Dear Editor:

Mr. Nuss wrote a letter lamenting the cost and delay of Dylann Roof’s trial.

Roof’s lawyers have indicated that if the death penalty were taken off the table they would be ready to enter a guilty plea. Taking the death penalty off the table would allow the survivors and victims’ family members to avoid the additional trauma of a lengthy trial and the reoccurring trauma over the years as the appeals proceed.

The survivors and family members would have some closure. Hundreds of thousands of dollars would be saved. Court time would be freed up. Roof would spend the rest of his life in prison. He would not receive years of media attention. He would quietly stew in his own evil juices as his victims would begin healing.

Ron Kaz
Chair, SCADP