If Canada Extradites Reality Star Charged With Murder, the Death Penalty Might Not Be a Possibility

Aug 21, 2009  •  Post A Comment

MTV reality show contestant Ryan Jenkins, a Canadian man charged with killing his ex-wife in San Diego and fleeing to Canada, is captured in that country, it could mean that he can not receive the death penalty if convicted, according to the Calgary Herald

The Herald reports that if Jenkins is captured in Canada and extradited to California to be tried for murder in the death of model Jasmine Fiore, the Canadian government is obligated under a 2001 Supreme Court ruling to first seek assurances from the U.S. — except in "exceptional circumstances" — that he will not face the death penalty for his alleged crime if sent back across the border.

The exceptional circumstances in this case, however, could be the gruesome details that Fiore’s teeth and fingers were removed, which were released Thursday by U.S. authorities, the paper says.

–Tom Gilbert


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