The Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union has filed written arguments
supporting Gov. Lincoln Chafee (CHAY'-fee) in the legal tug-of-war with federal
prosecutors over a possible death penalty case.
The ACLU says it filed papers with the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in
Boston, which is hearing the case of 34-year-old Jason Pleau (PLEW) in April.
Chafee opposes surrendering Pleau to federal authorities who may seek a death
penalty prosecution in his murder case. Rhode Island does not have the death
The court last year vacated a decision saying Chafee has the right to keep
Pleau in state custody. Pleau is accused of fatally shooting a gas station
manager outside a bank in 2010.
Prosecutors have not said whether they'll seek the death penalty if Pleau is
(source: Associated Press)