South Carolina Supreme Court Assigns New Judge to Charleston Shooting Case Because of Racist Comments

judgeThe judge claims he said the comments ‘in a poorly executed attempt to encourage’ a defendant to change his ways.

The South Carolina Supreme Court has ordered a new judge to preside in the case against the Charleston church shooter.

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******.”

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. Circuit judges are the ones that oversee trials.

Read more: NBC News

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