Yesterday registered sex offender Michael Jacques pleaded guilty to the 2008 kidnapping, rape and murder of his then 12-year-old niece Brooke Bennett and the subsequent cover-up. As I posted before this was all done sp Jacques could avoid a federal death sentence. That’s all this story has really been all about ever since Jacques anti-death penalty lawyers got involved. For years they delayed justice for Brooke all to prove a point about the death penalty. While this should feel like a victory it doesn’t. Let’s hear from Jacques’ lawyer…
“We just think this was a fair and enlightened way to resolve this case,” his attorney, David Ruhnke, said afterward.
All this was to him was a challenge to see if he could get one of the most heinous criminals in the country out of a death sentence. In my opinion he didn’t care about Jacques and he sure as hell didn’t care about Brooke. All that Ruhnke cared about was a high-profile deal that made him look good.
Michael Jacques’ anti-death penalty attorneys have filed a motion to have the kidnapping charges against him dismissed.
Jacques’ lawyers claim that the law used to charge him with federal kidnapping is unconstitutional. As you may know Jacques’ is accused of kidnapping, molesting and killing his 12-year-old niece Brooke Bennett. Jacques allegedly altered Brooke’s MySpace to make it look like she ran away. While Brooke was never taken out of the state of Vermont he was charged with a federal crime since he used the internet to commit and cover up his crime. Vermont however does not have the death penalty but the federal government would like to put Jacques to death and I don’t blame them.
His lawyers say that the feds can’t even prove that Jacques kidnapped Brooke. They may want to stick with the unconstitutional angle. I think the feds have plenty of evidence that he kidnapped and killed Brooke.