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Monday, March 24, 2008

Ind. Decisions - 7th Circuit issues one Indiana opinion

In U.S. v. Odell Corley (ND Ind., Judge Lozano), a 22-page opinion, Judge Rovner writes:

The defendant-appellant Odell Corley was convicted of a number of charges including bank robbery and capital murder, and was sentenced to death on October 27, 2004. He appeals his convictions and his sentence. * * *

The conviction and sentence are AFFIRMED.

[Updated 3/25/08] From an AP story:
A federal appeals court has upheld the death sentence for an Indiana man convicted of killing two bank tellers during a botched robbery.

A three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously turned down arguments from attorneys for Odell Corley, who is black, that prosecutors had improperly rejected blacks from serving on the jury in his trial.

The judges also denied claims that prosecutors wrongly influenced jurors during the sentencing phase by bringing up allegations that Odell had been involved in an Atlanta murder.

Corley was sentenced to death in 2004 after a federal jury in Hammond convicted him of murder and other charges in the shooting at the First State Bank of Porter in the Town of Pines that also left a security guard paralyzed.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 24, 2008 01:08 PM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions