Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Michael Jacques Faces New Federal Charges

Jacques is to appear before Judge William Sessions III, in Burlington's U.S. District Court to be arraigned on federal charges connected to Brooke Bennett's murder this past June.

Jacques is facing charges of kidnapping, murder and now, new charges of possession of child pornography.

It is not clear if Jacques will enter a plea at the hearing or if only the criminal counts will be formally presented to him and his attorneys.

Prosecutors have placed the death penalty as an option on the table, but it is United States Attorney General Michael Mukasey who makes the final decision on whether or not Jacques faces the death penalty.

Vermont federal prosecutors would have to make a recommendation to a U.S. Department of Justice committee, which would then make it’s own recommendation to Mukasey.

Times Argus