Chafee Asks Supreme Court To Review Pleau Custody Ruling

Washington DC lawyer taking on case for free.


This week Gov. Lincoln Chafee made good on his pledge to appeal a May court decision forcing the state to turn over accused murderer Jason Pleau to federal authorities to the US Supreme Court, using the volunteered services of a Washington DC lawyer.

Since the May ruling, Pleau has remained in federal custody under the keep of the US Marshal Service in Providence, said Jim Martin, public information officer for US Attorney Peter F. Neronha. 

Pleau has been the subject of a struggle between federal authorities and Chafee for nearly a year because he could face the death penalty in federal court. He is charged with the murder of David Main during a night deposit robbery at Citizen's Bank in 2010.

On Tuesday, Chafee's office announced a petition for writ of certiorari (see attached .pdf) was filed with the Supreme Court, seeking review of the decision, which, according to the Governor's office, "held that the federal government did not need to abide by the terms of the Interstate Agreement on Detainers (IAD), an interstate compact and federal law. The IAD, to which 48 states and the federal government are parties, authorizes any state or federal party to deny a request to transfer a prisoner to another party."

"This is a significant states’ rights matter," Chafee wrote, "The parties to this important interstate compact rely on the even-handed and fair administration of the detainer system to reliably move prisoners from one state to another. If the uniform rules of this agreement are applicable only to the states and can be disregarded by the federal government, it is in the best interest of all states to know that is the case immediately. That is the primary reason why the State of Rhode Island is pursuing this case before the Supreme Court."

Patricia Millett, a partner with the firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington DC, the head of its Supreme Court litigation group, is handling this case on the state’s behalf pro bono, — at no cost to Rhode Island, Chafee said.

John Ward Jr. August 23, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Sorry everyone,my contacts are limited to local government.
Tina August 23, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Honestly, I say let the feds have him. The ACI is so overcrowded now as it is not to mention the fact that we would be supporting yet another low life criminal. Let them take him and put him to death...an eye for an eye.
Melissa August 23, 2012 at 09:17 PM
He is fighting for the life of a murderer how about fighting for the lives of the victims let the feds have him.
Russell Archambault August 23, 2012 at 10:18 PM
He is the governor and by law he has no choice to fight for him. Because R.I. does not have a kill him attitude. I wish the governor would also fight for rest of his citizens. If we had a law that the governor had to protect us, the idiots at the state house would change that law. in some way I hope the feds dont get him, because I think he will suffer more in state prison. Just for the sake of things, I would rather see him tortured for the rest of his life. We should re- institute torture chambers in prison. No one seems to care that we are totured in everyday life. If anyone dissagrees with me, would you be acceptable to have a reality show, every friday night we get to watch a death from death row in that particular state. I would call that show. YOUR DAYS UP TODAY. it would be a two hour show. Get to know that persons life. Learn about his record. Show what lifes he's ruined. Get to listen to him while in prison. watch him eat his last meal. then watch the ultimate...... killing him.
harley0011 August 24, 2012 at 05:14 AM
The people that matter in this story is David Main's family, and this dog and pony show is just prolonging the pain for them. Letting these people heal and have some peace in this should be what matters, but hey they're just the victims in all of this. Lets keep throwing money at it and open the wound every time it's mentioned on the news. Disgusting......
Russell Archambault August 24, 2012 at 05:29 AM
harley I agree its so sad for these folks. I truly feel for them. all we can do is hope they stay strong and say a prayer for the family.
Harriet Thompson September 14, 2012 at 12:41 AM
ok serious question - why would he be fighting for "states' rights" if the state having custody of this prisoner is just going to cost us?? someone please explain this to me. why would he not want to just hand over this expense to the feds? aside from the fact that he opposes the death penalty (and is a douche bag)...
Russell Archambault September 14, 2012 at 02:11 AM
thats easy,politics at its finast!
yogib October 10, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Lets protect a Guy who killed a blue collar Guy just trying to make living. He deserves what's in store for and I hope it is Death


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