Corcoran Still Fights Death Penalty

By Scott Sarvay

June 18, 2010 Updated Oct 21, 2009 at 4:26 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - A new court ruling gives convicted Fort Wayne murderer Joseph Corcoran another chance to fight the death penalty.

The United States Supreme Court is ordering a federal appeals court to reconsider Corcoran's arguments, fighting his death sentence for killing four people, including his brother, in 1997.

A December ruling by a federal appeals court allowed Indiana officials to reinstate the death penalty against 34-year-old Joseph Corcoran, stating prosecutors did 'not' act improperly.

Tuesday though, the Supreme Court ruled the appeals court should have also ruled on other arguments from Corcoran's attorney, including that he shouldn't be executed because he has paranoid schizophrenia.


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