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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Ind. Decisions - "Court denies Corcoran bid to overturn death penalty"

Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette writes today on the Supreme Court's opinion yesterday in the case of Corcoran v. State (see ILB entry here). Some quotes:

The Indiana Supreme Court once again turned down convicted killer Joseph Corcoran’s death penalty appeal, finding Tuesday that “the public interest in achieving finality at this stage weighs heavily against further review.”

The court did not set a new execution date, however, because the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana has intervened on federal claims. * * *

Both the trial court and the Indiana Supreme Court have found Corcoran competent even though he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. They said he wants to die because he killed four people and deserves to be executed – not because of delusions.

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a case today "on the place of the insanity defense and evidence of mental illness in the criminal courtroom." See this entry from SCOTUSblog on the case, Clark v. Arizona. NPR's Morning Edition this morning also had a commentary on this case:
High Court Reviews Insanity-Defense Case
by Nina Totenberg

Morning Edition, April 19, 2006 · The Supreme Court reviews Clark v. Arizona, a new test of the insanity defense. The parents of an Arizona man who killed a police officer want their son declared guilty but insane. The state does not want his mental state considered in court.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 19, 2006 07:34 AM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions