Is White Supremacist Dylann Roof's Death Sentence Morally Correct?

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New Yorker staff writer Jelani Cobb joins us to discuss his recent article “Prodigy of Hate” (Online title: "Inside the Trial of Dylann Roof") about the federal trial of Dylann Roof in Charleston, South Carolina. Cobb considers the complex moral calculations regarding the death penalty. Some family members of Roof’s victims thought that he should live out every day of his natural life in full knowledge of what he had done, while others thought he deserved to die. Cobb looks at the racial and historical implications of passing a sentence, whether it’s the death penalty or a life in prison.