- Associated Press - Saturday, March 18, 2017

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to question prospective jurors in the trial of a central Pennsylvania prison inmate charged in a guard’s death whether they oppose the death penalty.

Forty-year-old Jessie Con-ui (kawn-WEE’) is charged in the February 2013 stabbing death of corrections officer Eric Williams at the Canaan federal prison in Waymart. Prosecutors allege that he was angry about a search of his cell.

Defense attorneys several days ago argued that potential jurors shouldn’t be dismissed simply because they have strong feelings about the death penalty, only if they would vote against capital punishment regardless of the evidence.

The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens’ Voice (https://bit.ly/2nyO4JZ ) reports that prosecutors said Friday that prospective jurors should be dismissed if they can’t uphold their oath to “faithfully and impartially apply the law.”

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Information from: The Citizens’ Voice, https://www.citizensvoice.com


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