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NY Times backs Chafee's stance on Pleau

December 30, 2011

WOONSOCKET – The New York Times on Friday weighed in on Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s defiance of a federal court order to turn over accused killer Jason Wayne Pleau to prevent him from exposure to the death penalty, lauding him for taking “a principled position” in the case.
Pleau is accused of the September 2010 shooting death of gas station manager David D. Main of Lincoln outside Citizens Bank on Diamond Hill Road.
The governor has refused to turn him over to federal prosecutors, citing the state’s longstanding opposition to the death penalty, even, as Chafee has put it, for those “guilty of the most heinous crimes.”
“And Gov. Chafee rightly argues that the death penalty is abhorrent, costly and ineffective,” the six-paragraph Times editorial opines.
Chafee’s stand has triggered a legal tug of war for custody of Pleau now playing out in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston. A judicial panel initially sided with Chafee in October, voting 2-1 in favor of upholding the state’s right to refuse the government’s demand for Pleau. But after federal prosecutors pressed for a rehearing, the full court vacated the ruling last week until the full court has an opportunity to review the matter.
A hearing is scheduled for April 4.
The Times said the “the full court was right to leave Mr. Pleau” at the state prison until the matter is resolved because “the case raises a serious legal question: whether the governor’s refusal violates the Constitution and its clause making federal law, including a federal writ, ‘the supreme Law of the Land,’ or whether, under the Interstate Agreement on Detainers, a governor has the right to refuse to hand over a prisoner to the federal government...”
“In asking the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit to vindicate him, Mr. Chafee makes a good but not guaranteed case that he can deny Washington’s request,” the Times said.
Rhode Island abolished the death penalty in 1984 and hasn’t executed anyone since 1852, but criminals accused of certain crimes by the federal government can still be executed even if those offenses occurred in the state.
A career criminal who has spent most of his adult life in prison, Pleau, 34, remains held at the ACI on probation and parole violations. He is allegedly one of three individuals who conspired to rob Main, 49, a Lincoln resident, as he was depositing money from the Shell gas station, where he worked, at the bank. Pleau allegedly shot him once in the head just feet from the front door of the bank, then made of with a satchel containing some $12,500 Main had been carrying.


Jason Pleau

January 2, 2012 by Diane J. Cyr (not verified), 3 years 34 weeks ago
Comment: 800

I think he should be turned over to the Federal Government he committed a murder at a federal place of business (a bank). Life in prison in not good enough to a person who has taken a life and hurt alot of people. Let him go, I do not agree with Gov. Chafee in any way on this subject.

This Is Not Justice !!!!

January 1, 2012 by Jeffo46 (not verified), 3 years 34 weeks ago
Comment: 796

Lincoln Chafee is a idiot and a embarrassment to the state of Rhode Island . He wants to keep a criminal who committed cold blooded murder at a bank, which is a federal offense and therefore is punishable under federal law and is subjectable to punishment by death . Now the NY Times are plauding Chafee for taking a " principled position " in this case ? I'm sorry but, try telling that to the family of David Main , who has to live with this controversy on a daily basis and to keep on having it rubbed in their faces , while Jason Pleau is sitting behind bars , getting fed , and sheltered on a daily basis at the taxpayer's expense and if Chafee has his way, will continue to do so for the rest of his miserable existence of a life. Pleau needs to be turned over to the federal authorities ASAP and tried under federal law and while we're at it, Lincoln Chafee needs to be impeached and stripped of his authority as governor of the state of Rhode Island because he has shown since taking office a year ago, that he is unfit to run our state.

Who cares what the NY Times

December 31, 2011 by TomFicca (not verified), 3 years 34 weeks ago
Comment: 795

Who cares what the NY Times has to say ! Both the news paper and Gov. Gump are out in left feild somewhere.Just give this jerk up and lets get on with other issues. This jerk committed a horrific crime and Gov Gump wants to help him ? I for one cannot wait for the day when Gov Gumps term is over .

more than one idiot

December 31, 2011 by strawboss66 (not verified), 3 years 34 weeks ago
Comment: 794

The fact that the New York Times has sided with Chaffee proves there are other idiots out there. Chaffee should gie it up. The majority of people I talk to are against his action. Besides that it seems to me that the federal court should have the power to over ride a state idiot.

New York Times agrees with Chafee???

December 30, 2011 by Marcel (not verified), 3 years 34 weeks ago
Comment: 793

What else would you expect from such a liberal rag of a newspaper...
It's easy sitting in NYC and not having a clue as to what Mr Pleau actualy carried out. He ran a guy down who was running for his life and once he caught up to him, put a bullet in his head rather than just take the money and leave.
Now the New York Times believes this guy deserves living a long healthy life at camp ACI. Oh yeah.. I can see it... Maybe we can bring him some hot cocoa with money from the Milk Fund... and have some school kids become his pen pal while he serves out his sentence.

Hey Governor, treat him like an unborn late term fetus and let him be euthanized... You have it in you to do it.


January 6, 2012 by AMAFL (not verified), 3 years 33 weeks ago
Comment: 810

This issue is NOT about the crime committed,,It is about the federal government takeing control of a states laws.....If one does not like R.I 's laws talk to your congressman to change it..Though the crime is horrible,,This issue is simple not about it...

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