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Brooke Bennett – Another Year In Limbo


Most legal experts agree capital punishment cases do take several years before going to trial, but that is little solace for Brooke’s family and this case seems to be dragging on longer than most.

Michael Jacques was arrested for kidnapping, drugging, raping, and strangling his 12 year-old niece on June 25, 2008.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys have been haggling over several legal motions including whether evidence of past sexual abuse committed by Jacques can be introduced at trial. Also, prosecutors want evidence allowed which details the effort Jacques made from jail to make it appear a fictional ring of pedophiles killed Brooke.

Arguments on those motions were finally heard in May and lawyers are waiting for a ruling from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a ruling which isn’t expected for months.

U.S. District Court Judge William Sessions III originally scheduled the trial for September 2011.  Yesterday, 4 years to the day of Jacques’ arrest, defense attorney David Ruhnke told Sessions he is likely to be engaged in other capital-case trials next spring.  Sessions deferred to Ruhnke’s schedule and set the trial date for September 2013.

Sessions also said if it appears to be too difficult picking an impartial jury, he has not ruled out moving the trial, a defense motion Sessions denied last year.

The only positive for Brooke and her family is Jacques has been incarcerated for the past 4 years.


Burlington Free Press

  1. ritanita
    07/02/2012 at 12:51 pm

    So, he will spend another year in jail waiting for his justice. I don’t like it, but I’ll have to be patient, because he’ll get his justice… hopefully he will fry.

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