Lawyer Who Defended Boston Marathon Bomber Appointed as Attorney for Charleston Church Shooter

In this Thursday, April 30, 2015, file photo, defense attorney David Bruck arrives at federal court in Boston during the penalty phase in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
FILE – In this Thursday, April 30, 2015, file photo, defense attorney David Bruck arrives at federal court in Boston during the penalty phase in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. On Thursday, July 23, 2015, a federal judge appointed Bruck to represent Dylann Roof, who authorities have charged with the June 17 shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

The lawyer who represented the Boston Marathon bomber has been assigned to the case of the suspected South Carolina church shooter now facing dozens of new charges, including hate crimes.

Court records show David Bruck has been provisionally appointed to defend 21-year-old Dylann Roof on federal charges. Bruck has defended high-profile defendants including Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was sentenced to death, and Susan Smith, the South Carolina mother sentenced to life for drowning her two sons.

Roof faces 33 federal charges and is charged with numerous state crimes. Prosecutors haven’t said if they’ll seek the death penalty.

The shootings happened June 17 at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.

SOURCE:  Eric Tucker and Meg Kinnard
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