A Federal District Court Judge has ruled that U.S.
attorneys can seek the death penalty in the murder trial for Jason Pleau.
Judge William Smith rejected Pleau's attorney's arguments
that the death penalty is unconstitutional in Rhode Island.
The Judge said that the federal death penalty can be imposed
in Federal Court in states that do not authorize the death penalty.
Pleau's attorney also challenged several of the alleged
aggravating factors in the crime that would qualify him for the death penalty
but the Judge rejected the challenge.
Pleau is accused of gunning down gas station manager David
Main, outside a Woonsocket bank in 2010.
Governor Chafee has been outspoken in his opposition to the death
penalty in the case however the United States Supreme Court declined to hear
Chafee's custody appeal.
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