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Michael Jacques Trial Postponed – Brooke Bennett Has to Wait Till Next Year

06/30/2011

12-year old Brooke Bennett disappeared June 25, 2008.  She had been kidnapped, drugged, raped and strangled and her body was found a week later in a shallow grave near Michael Jacques’ home.

Jacques, a convicted sex offender, is currently housed at the Metropolitan Detention Center, a federal prison in Brooklyn, N.Y. while awaiting trial.  Vermont has no death penalty, but as a federal case, Jacques faces the death penalty because prosecutors assert his use of the internet in the commission of the crimes caused the designation of a federal case.

On Thursday, Judge William Sessions III  ordered the delay of proceedings  to accommodate the government’s appeal of an unfavorable pretrial ruling.

The ruling involves emails and conversations between Jacques and friend where Jacques gave instructions to the friend to plant false information to throw the suspension off himself.  The ruling threw out that evidence.

If government lawyers decide to withdraw their appeal in the next several months, the trial could begin March 1, Sessions said. If they pursue the appeal, the trial would likely be bumped back to the summer of 2012, the judge said.

In setting the schedule, Sessions said he did not want to force jurors from across the state to drive to the Burlington courthouse during the winter.

Burlington Free Press

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  1. ritanita
    06/30/2011 at 7:09 pm

    I so remember this case. I followed it from the time Brooke went missing until Jacques was arrested. Then, there was this lady in Orlando who didn’t report her daughter missing for 31 days.

    That trial is just about over and Jacques is still waiting for his trial. The Federal Courts move so slowly.

    Then, there’s Drew Peterson.

  2. donchais
    06/30/2011 at 8:26 pm

    Thank you ritanita for remembering the horrific ending that befell Brooke!

    There are far too many horrific stories that don’t garner the attention the Orlando case has.

    We as a civilized society owe all adult and especially child victims, the love, care and protection they deserve. None of them deserved to be treated so inhumanly and then discarded as so much trash!

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