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Above the Law: Developments in Jacques and Fell cases

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Above the Law takes a look at high-profile murder cases and how they are handled by federal prosecutors.

Last Friday, the U.S. Justice Department said the man accused of kidnapping, raping and killing his niece five years ago will not face the death penalty. Michael Jacques reached a deal reached with federal officials. He is now expected to plead guilty to murdering 12-year-old Brooke Bennett. Jacques will spend life in jail without parole. 

Also last week WCAX learned a federal court is going to hold a hearing on an appeal from convicted killer Donald Fell. Fell was found guilty and sentenced to death for carjacking and killing Terry King of North Clarendon 13 years ago. Fell is currently on death row and is the first person to be sentenced to death in Vermont in 50 years.

Legal expert and Vermont Law School professor Cheryl Hanna puts both of these developments into context.

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