Because nine counts of first degree murder charges are not enough?

NY Times:

Federal Hate Crime Charges Expected in Church Attack

The Justice Department will likely file federal hate crime charges against Dylann Roof, the man suspected of carrying out the massacre at a black church in Charleston, S.C., federal law enforcement officials said Wednesday.
How can they enhance the penalty when it is a capitol case with the death penalty.  Do the Feds want to water board him first?   This is a good case for the silliness of hate crime statutes when the underlying offense is being prosecuted to the maximum extent of the law.


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