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Brooke Bennnet – Full Appeals Court Rules

09/11/2012

Michael Jacques is accused of kidnapping, raping and killing his 12-year-old niece, Brooke Bennett more than four years ago.  She went missing in late June 2008.

A major point of contention has been whether or not federal prosecutors could tell jurors about an attempt by Jacques to shift blame for the killing from himself to a fake sex ring he called “Breckenridge.” For more information, see Brooke Bennett – A Major Victory!

In July, a three-judge panel from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City ruled the evidence could be introduced.  Jacques’ lawyers immediately asked the full slate of appellate judges to reconsider a July ruling.

Last week, the appellate court turned down the reconsideration request and  remanded the case to U.S. District Court in Burlington for trial.

The trial is scheduled to begin September 3, 2013.

Burlington Free Press

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  1. ritanita
    09/11/2012 at 8:01 am

    Donchais, it’s been too long coming, justice for Brooke. Whenever I think of what that animal did to her, it fills me with loathing and revulsion.

    I do have to say, however, that I am pleased he has a crackerjack team of DP attorneys. I want them to fight hard for him. It’s their job in the adversarial judicial system.

    Every loss they suffer is a blessing for justice. When the trial finally occurs next year, we can count on the Federal prosecutors having an extremely strong case.

    It’s so unfortunate, though, that justice can not operate at the speed with which Jacques planned, committed, and tried to cover up his crime.

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