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Fed Judge in South Carolina Blasts FBI in Dylann Roof Gun Purchase

Dylann Roof

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

U.S. District Judge Richard M. Gergel of South Carolina blasted the FBI  in a court order filed Monday for a parade of  errors and a series of “abysmally poor policy choices” that allowed Dylann S. Roof to unlawfully buy the gun that he used to kill nine African-American people in a Charleston church in 2015, the News York Times reports.

That being said, the judge granted the government’s motion to dismiss about 15 lawsuits filed against it, which had alleged negligent management of criminal databases and performance of background checks.

The judge noted that the lawsuits had uncovered “glaring weaknesses” in the background check system, but the government could still claim immunity.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, operated by the F.B.I., demonstrated in a variety of ways that it was “hopelessly stuck in 1995,” Judge Gergel wrote, according to the Times.  But he noted that  “the victims of this tragedy” had no legal remedy.

Dylann Roof’s Friend to Be Sentenced to 27-33 Months for Lying to FBI

Dylann Roof

Dylann Roof

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A week before Dylann Roof killed nine people at a historically black church in South Carolina, he shared his plans with a friend as they drank vodka and snorted cocaine about a week earlier.

Now his friend, Joey Meek, is expected to be sentenced today to 27 to 33 months in prison for lying to the FBI, the New York Post reports.

Authorities say Meek lied to the FBI about the plot and even encouraged friends not to alert authorities about it.

Roof was sentenced to death for the June 2015 shooting.

Roof, an admitted racist, shot people inside an Emanuel AME church.

FBI Asks Judge to Dismiss Lawsuit Over South Carolina Church Shooting

Dylann Roof

Dylann Roof

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is urging a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges the bureau should have prevented Dylan Roof from purchasing a gun that was used in last summer’s South Carolina church massacre.

The FBI argues it was unable to take action because of state and federal limits on background checks and local errors in record-keeping, ABC News reports. 

Roof, who is white, shot nine black parishioners inside Emanuel AME Church on June 17, 2015, with a .45-caliber handgun. Family of the victims argue in the lawsuit that Roof was barred from purchasing the gun because of a prior drug arrest.

The FBI responded to the lawsuit Friday, saying FBI negligence was not a factor.

“The shooting at the Emanuel AME Church was an atrocity of unspeakable proportions. The perpetrator’s actions were despicable,” attorneys for the government wrote. “But the United States is not liable in tort for the tragic death of plaintiff’s decedent.”