The deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union is urging the Justice Department to accept the Charleston church shooter's offer to plead guilty to federal hate crimes.
The statement from the ACLU's Jeffrey Robinson on Wednesday came after the delay in Dylann Roof's trial pending his competency evaluation. The delay, Robinson says, gives the Justice Department a chance to accept Roof's offer to plea guilty.
Roof had originally offered to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence, but federal prosecutors rejected that offer and said they would still seek the death penalty.
Roof, now 22, is the perpetrator of the June 17, 2015, shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church that left nine black parishioners dead.