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Death Penalty Back On Table For Convicted Murderer

Last updated on Thursday, January 1, 2009

(CHICAGO) - Indiana can once again reinstate the death penalty against convicted quadruple-murderer Joseph Corcoran, according to a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals.

At issue was whether Corcoran, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, was mentally competent when he waived his right to have a trial court review his case, and whether his constitutional rights were violated when then-Allen County Prosecutor Robert Gevers offered to take the death penalty off the table if Corcoran would agree to a bench trial rather than a jury trial.

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