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Richard Gergel from the U.S. District Court of South Carolina addresses candidates for U.S. citizens
Richard Gergel from the U.S. District Court of South Carolina addresses candidates for U.S. citizens
Published: 2016/06/27
Channel: Post and Courier
I Disagree with Judge Richard Gergel
I Disagree with Judge Richard Gergel's Decision...SMH!
Published: 2016/09/01
Channel: Spencer Karter
Senator Graham Introduces Judicial Nominees from SC
Senator Graham Introduces Judicial Nominees from SC
Published: 2010/04/16
Channel: USSenLindseyGraham
BREAKING NEWS: Dylann Roof sentenced to Death
BREAKING NEWS: Dylann Roof sentenced to Death
Published: 2017/01/10
Channel: Live Stream TV News
Know Your Rights: South Carolina
Know Your Rights: South Carolina's Anti-Immigrant Law
Published: 2012/12/19
Channel: acluvideos
Dashcam: Couple Awarded $1.3 Million in Racial Profiling Lawsuit
Dashcam: Couple Awarded $1.3 Million in Racial Profiling Lawsuit
Published: 2017/03/17
Channel: PoliceActivity
TURNING LEAF VIDEO
TURNING LEAF VIDEO
Published: 2015/01/26
Channel: Richard Gergel
AP Analysis: Relatives Confront Gunman Last Time
AP Analysis: Relatives Confront Gunman Last Time
Published: 2017/01/17
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Records Detail State of Dylan Roof
Records Detail State of Dylan Roof's Mental Health
Published: 2017/02/02
Channel: Wochit News
Dylann Roof Wants to Defend Himself In Court! | #CWTB
Dylann Roof Wants to Defend Himself In Court! | #CWTB
Published: 2016/11/28
Channel: TBTV
Shirley Gergel Ness discusses Joseph Gergel
Shirley Gergel Ness discusses Joseph Gergel
Published: 2017/01/26
Channel: Historic Columbia
Victim Relatives Confront Roof, Honor Loved Ones
Victim Relatives Confront Roof, Honor Loved Ones
Published: 2017/01/17
Channel: AP Archive
Bellinis for Belinda
Bellinis for Belinda
Published: 2007/12/10
Channel: Nicholas Wilson
Charleston Church Shooter Puts Up No Defense for Sentencing
Charleston Church Shooter Puts Up No Defense for Sentencing
Published: 2017/01/09
Channel: Wochit News
My Parents Criticized One of my YouTube Videos...SMH!
My Parents Criticized One of my YouTube Videos...SMH!
Published: 2016/09/01
Channel: Spencer Karter
The GOOD Night Honoree: Dr. Belinda Gergel
The GOOD Night Honoree: Dr. Belinda Gergel
Published: 2011/10/21
Channel: CooperativeMinistry
Gergel commercial
Gergel commercial
Published: 2008/03/14
Channel: Brad Warthen
Church Shooter
Church Shooter's Friend Sentenced To Federal Prison
Published: 2017/03/21
Channel: Wochit News
Accused S C church shooter to be own attorney in trial
Accused S C church shooter to be own attorney in trial
Published: 2016/11/28
Channel: MiD News
Judge: Dylann Roof Fit to Stand Trial in Church Shooting
Judge: Dylann Roof Fit to Stand Trial in Church Shooting
Published: 2016/11/25
Channel: Wochit News
Evaluation Ordered Before Charleston Church Shooters Sentencing
Evaluation Ordered Before Charleston Church Shooters Sentencing
Published: 2016/12/29
Channel: Wochit News
Dylann Roof
Dylann Roof's Attorney Calls Witnesses to Testify
Published: 2016/12/13
Channel: Wochit News
Judge: Dylann Roof
Judge: Dylann Roof's Decision To Represent Himself Is "Foolhardy" But Legal
Published: 2016/11/30
Channel: Wochit News
Federal Trial for Dylann Roof Delayed
Federal Trial for Dylann Roof Delayed
Published: 2016/02/11
Channel: Wochit News
SMH! Another person disliked my new YouTube video!
SMH! Another person disliked my new YouTube video!
Published: 2016/09/01
Channel: Spencer Karter
Shooter Roof Competency Hearing Closed
Shooter Roof Competency Hearing Closed
Published: 2016/11/17
Channel: Wochit News
South Carolina Shooter Fails To Represent Self At Trial
South Carolina Shooter Fails To Represent Self At Trial
Published: 2017/01/05
Channel: Wochit News
Federal Trial Set for Charleston Church Shooter
Federal Trial Set for Charleston Church Shooter
Published: 2016/06/07
Channel: Wochit News
Judge Orders Second Psychiatric Exam for Dylann Roof
Judge Orders Second Psychiatric Exam for Dylann Roof
Published: 2016/12/29
Channel: Wochit News
Roof
Roof's Defense Wants Charleston Church Survivor's Testimony Struck
Published: 2016/12/12
Channel: Wochit News
Is Dylann Roof Competent To Stand Trial?
Is Dylann Roof Competent To Stand Trial?
Published: 2016/11/25
Channel: Wochit News
Judge Deems Dylann Roof Competent to Represent Self
Judge Deems Dylann Roof Competent to Represent Self
Published: 2017/01/03
Channel: Wochit News
Judge Grants Another Delay for Trial of Dylann Roof
Judge Grants Another Delay for Trial of Dylann Roof
Published: 2016/04/05
Channel: Wochit Entertainment
Dylann Roof Sentenced to Death - Charleston Church Shooter
Dylann Roof Sentenced to Death - Charleston Church Shooter
Published: 2017/01/10
Channel: VentNation
Blocking Faith, Freezing Charity
Blocking Faith, Freezing Charity
Published: 2009/06/09
Channel: acluvideos
Judge Rules Charleston Shooter Fit to Stand Trial
Judge Rules Charleston Shooter Fit to Stand Trial
Published: 2016/11/25
Channel: Wochit News
Federal Judge Allows Dylann Roof to Re-Hire Defense Attorney
Federal Judge Allows Dylann Roof to Re-Hire Defense Attorney
Published: 2016/12/05
Channel: Wochit News
Accused Church Shooter Will Rep Himself
Accused Church Shooter Will Rep Himself
Published: 2016/11/28
Channel: Wochit News
Jurors Ask Judge for Charleston Church Shooter Confession
Jurors Ask Judge for Charleston Church Shooter Confession
Published: 2016/12/15
Channel: Wochit News
Federal Judge Rules Dylann Roof is Competent to Stand Trial
Federal Judge Rules Dylann Roof is Competent to Stand Trial
Published: 2016/11/25
Channel: Wochit News
Postponement In Charleston Church Shooter Case
Postponement In Charleston Church Shooter Case
Published: 2016/11/07
Channel: Wochit News
Dylann Roof Can Rehire Lawyers
Dylann Roof Can Rehire Lawyers
Published: 2016/12/05
Channel: Wochit News
Judge Overturns Same-sex Marriage Ban in South Carolina
Judge Overturns Same-sex Marriage Ban in South Carolina
Published: 2014/11/12
Channel: Wochit News
Charleston Shooter Will Represent Himself
Charleston Shooter Will Represent Himself
Published: 2016/11/28
Channel: Wochit News
Charlston church members join victim
Charlston church members join victim's relatives in grief and anger
Published: 2017/01/12
Channel: Wochit News
Dylann Roof Restricted In Court
Dylann Roof Restricted In Court
Published: 2017/01/04
Channel: Wochit News
LagosPhoto Press Conference July 4, 2012
LagosPhoto Press Conference July 4, 2012
Published: 2012/07/13
Channel: Joseph Gergel
Dylan Roof Acts As Own Lawyer, Helps Pick Jurors
Dylan Roof Acts As Own Lawyer, Helps Pick Jurors
Published: 2016/11/29
Channel: Wochit News
Charleston Church Shooter Death Penalty Trial Set
Charleston Church Shooter Death Penalty Trial Set
Published: 2016/06/08
Channel: Wochit News
Dylann Roof
Dylann Roof's sentencing a 'hollow victory': Victim's brother
Published: 2017/01/14
Channel: Daily News
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Richard Mark Gergel
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Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
Assumed office
August 9, 2010
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Henry Michael Herlong, Jr.
Personal details
Born Richard Mark Gergel
(1954-08-14) August 14, 1954 (age 63)
Columbia, South Carolina
Spouse(s) Belinda Gergel
Education Duke University (B.A.)
Duke University School of Law (J.D.)

Richard Mark Gergel (born August 14, 1954) is a South Carolina lawyer and United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Columbia, South Carolina, Gergel earned a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University in 1975 and a Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law in 1979.[1][2] Gergel's cousin was well known industrial chemist Max Gergel, President/CEO of the Columbia Organic Chemical Company, or COCC.[3]

Professional career[edit]

From 1979 until 1980, Gergel served as a law clerk for a law firm in Columbia, South Carolina, and he was a partner with the firm from 1981 until 1982. Beginning in 1983, and continuing until his nomination to the district court, he was the president and partner with his own law firm (most recently known as Gergel, Nickles and Solomon) in Columbia. He has specialized in personal injury law.[3]

Notable case[edit]

Gergel was the attorney representing the South Carolina Education Association and public school teacher Maggi Hall when her First Amendment Rights were denied her by her Superintendent William Foil of Mullins SC. The case went to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond VA and was considered one of the most important First Amendment cases to come down from the 4th Circuit in over a decade.

The case, Hall vs. Marion School District 2, 31 F. 3d 183 (4th Cir. 1994) upheld the lower court's decision that Mullins District 2 acted illegally in firing Hall for exercising free speech in criticizing her superintendent and school board for reckless spending. Hall wrote her journey with the First Amendment, "AFFIRMED: Teachers as Citizens." AFFIRMED, appearing as a one word sentence, on a separate line, is the final word in an opinion wherein the appellate court upholds the decision of the lower.

Federal judicial service[edit]

On December 22, 2009, President Obama nominated Gergel to serve on the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, to fill the seat vacated by Judge Henry Michael Herlong, Jr., who assumed senior status on June 1, 2009.[1][3][4] In his questionnaire to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Gergel wrote that South Carolina Democratic Congressmen John M. Spratt, Jr. and Jim Clyburn both previously had recommended Gergel to Obama as a district court nominee, and that South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham also supported the nomination. Gergel had a hearing before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary on April 16, 2010. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 5, 2010,[5] and received commission on August 9, 2010.[3]

Trial of Dylann Roof[edit]

Richard Gergel was a presiding judge on Dylann Roof's trial. On January 10, 2017 he sentenced Roof to death by lethal injection.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
Henry Michael Herlong, Jr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
2010–present
Incumbent

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