Wednesday, March 23, 2011

3 charged in church fire; prosecutor says men angered by Obama win

In Springfield, Massachusetts, a U.S. prosecutor told a federal jury on Monday that Michael Jacques, 26, burned down an African-American church hours after voting closed because he was upset with the election of President Barack Obama.

U.S. Attorney Paul Smyth made the argument before in U.S. District Court, before Judge Michael Posner. The trial has been scheduled to take six weeks. Jacques is joined by co-defendants Benjamin Haskell and Thomas Gleason. The three suspects were charged with setting fire to the Macedonia Church of God in Christ, Springfield.

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