- Associated Press - Thursday, April 26, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A longtime prosecutor who led the federal hate crime case against Dylann Roof in South Carolina is among the nominees for positions on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the White House announced on Thursday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Richardson has been selected to fill a 4th Circuit vacancy in Richmond, Virginia. A federal prosecutor in South Carolina since 2009, Richardson currently serves as deputy criminal chief, prosecuting violent crime, gangs, terrorism, public corruption, civil rights and narcotics trafficking.

Richardson, 41, has overseen multiple prosecutions, including the case against Dylann Roof. The avowed white supremacist was ultimately convicted of federal hate crimes for slaying nine black Bible study attendees as they prayed at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. In early 2017, Roof was sentenced to federal death row.

Richardson lives in Columbia with his wife and four daughters and is a graduate of the Chicago School of Law and Vanderbilt University. He previously clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist and now faces confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

Also Thursday, President Donald Trump nominated current U.S. District Judge Marvin Quattlebaum for another slot on the 4th Circuit Court. The veteran attorney has served at the district-level since last year. He earned his undergraduate degree from Rhodes College and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law.

The 4th Circuit hears appeals from the nine federal district courts in the Carolinas, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia and from federal administrative agencies.

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