White Supremacist Dylann Roof Denied Mistrial
A judge has denied a motion for a mistrial in the case of Dylann Roof, the shooter who killed nine parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in June 2015. Judge Richard Gergel dismissed the motion, saying a comment by a grief-stricken witness was a religious statement, and was not enough to declare a mistrial.
Abraham Belanger, pastor of First Fruits Community Church, described the trial on Friday’s NewsOne Now as an “emotional rollercoaster.” During Thursday’s proceedings, jurors were shown video of Roof entering and leaving Emanuel AME Church, as well as grim images of the crime scene.
Belanger told host Roland Martin that Roof’s attorney David Bruck “immediately filed a motion for a mistrial in this case, which I think is such a great shame to the community of South Carolina knowing the video itself shows Dylann Roof going in with his bag, with multiple magazines and committing the heinous crime.
CNN Accused In Religious And Racial Discrimination Case
CNN, Turner Broadcasting and its parent company Time Warner are facing a number of lawsuits alleging racial discrimination by former and current African-American employees.
One of those lawsuits was filed in October by former CNN employee Omar Butcher.
Butcher, a devout Christian, has accused the network of religious and racial discrimination. He worked at CNN for five years until he was fired in 2015.
Edward D. Buckley, Butcher’s attorney, explained the former CNN employee first started with the network as a writer and was “repeatedly passed over for advancement opportunities and training opportunities.”
Buckley told Roland Martin during Friday’s edition of NewsOne Now his client “earnestly sought training” and found himself “training people who ended up advancing over him.”
Democrats Push For Probe Into Russian Hackers Role In 2016 Election
It is the latest effort by Democrats on Capitol Hill to get to the bottom of Russia’s involvement in the U.S. election at the highest levels of their government.
The probe would include the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and strategically releasing emails on WikiLeaks.
Congressman Elijah Cummings said there is no doubt in his mind that Russia is behind it all.
Terrorism Expert Malcolm Nance spoke with Roland Martin about the ramifications of President-Elect Trump being co-opted by Russia
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast