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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Ind. Decisions - Federal judge denies Joseph Corcoran’s request for relief in his 1999 death sentence.

Rebecca S. Green of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has the story here. It begins:

A U.S. District Court judge won’t grant convicted murderer Joseph Corcoran’s request for relief in his 1999 death sentence.

In the 32-page order, handed down last week, U.S. District Judge Jon DeGuilio found that Corcoran failed to show that Indiana’s decisions to uphold the death penalty in his case were contrary to decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Corcoran’s attorneys have said they planned to review the ruling but are already planning to appeal. The case has been pending in federal court since 2005.

“We think there are some issues still pending,” said Alan Freedman with the Midwest Center for Justice in Evanston, Ill. “We’ll see where we’re going to go from there.”

If they do so, it would mark Corcoran’s fourth time before the judges of the 7th Circuit of Appeals.

Corcoran’s case has been reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court twice, the U.S. District Court twice and before the Indiana Supreme Court five times.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 15, 2013 11:16 AM
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