Judge: Roof attorney motion to block evidence to be sealed

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Posted: Jul 22, 2016 8:45 AM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled Dylann Roof's attorney does not have to explain publicly why she wants to keep some evidence out of Roof's Charleston church shooting trial.

Assistant U.S. Public Defender Sarah Gannett wants to block admission of videos, transcripts and other documents affecting Roof's constitutional rights to be free from unreasonable searches and self-incrimination.

Gannett asked the court's permission to file the motion under seal, saying to make it public could affect the court's ability seat an impartial jury in Roof's trial in November.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel issued an order Thursday saying the motion could be filed under seal and asked prosecutors to respond the same way.

Roof faces the death penalty in the shootings of nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in June 2015.