Appeals court hears arguments over RI denial to hand suspect to federal custody

[JURIST] Attorneys argued [oral arguments audio file, MP3] before the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit [official website] Thursday that Rhode Island is not obligated to turn over alleged murderer Jason Pleau to federal prosecutors in an effort to prevent him from facing the death penalty in federal court. Rhode Island has had a longstanding rejection of the death penalty. Pleau’s attorneys claimed [Providence Journal report] that the federal government does not have the jurisdiction to detain Pleau…

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