Attorney general to ask for execution to be reinstated

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Indiana Attorney General's Office will ask a federal appeals court to reinstate the death penalty against a man convicted in four murders.

A U.S. District Court judge in April ruled that prosecutors inappropriately punished Joseph Corcoran for refusing to waive his right to a jury trial. Prosecutors offered to not seek the death penalty if Corcoran allowed a judge to rule on his case rather than a jury.

The judge ruled the offer violated Corcoran's Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial. The judge said Corcoran should be resentenced and not face the death penalty.

Monday, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago will listen to each side's 30-minute oral arguments.

Deputy attorney general Stephen Creason says the state disagrees with Sharp's interpretation of federal law as to what kind of plea bargains prosecutors can extend to a defendant.


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