Leahy says death penalty views won’t influence pick for U.S. Attorney

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Sen. Patrick Leahy says someone’s views on the death penalty won’t influence his decision whether to nominate that person for the position of U.S. attorney serving Vermont.

The change in presidential administrations brings a change in chief federal prosecutors, and Leahy has been reviewing applications from people seeking to replace outgoing U.S. Attorney Tom Anderson.

A key decision awaiting the office is whether to seek the death penalty against Michael Jacques, the Randolph man accused of kidnapping, raping and killing his 12-year-old niece, Brooke Bennett, last June.

Leahy, who gets to make the nomination as Vermont’s senior senator, says that won’t influence his thinking.

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