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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Ind. Courts - "Judge: Prosecutor has until February to signal strategy"

Randy McClain of The [Columbus] Republic, reports in a $$ story that begins:

Bartholomew Circuit Judge Stephen Heimann wants to know by Feb. 20 if the county prosecutor has ruled out seeking the death penalty when Waynesville murder suspect Samuel E. Sallee goes to trial this summer.

If Prosecutor Bill Nash doesn’t declare the death penalty is out of consideration by that date, Heimann said he will appoint two new attorneys from outside Bartholomew County who are qualified to handle complex, death-penalty cases to take over Sallee’s defense.

The judge’s eight-page ruling acknowledges the legal tightrope he’s walking in trying to protect the 56-year-old Sallee’s right to a prompt trial and adequate defense and to allow the prosecutor’s office sufficient time to weigh the pros and cons of seeking death.

The AP has picked up the story here.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 30, 2014 09:04 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts