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Corcoran v. Buss, 07-2093, 07-2182

District court's grant of death row inmate's habeas petition is reversed because prosecutor's offer to forego seeking the death penalty if defendant would agree to a bench trial did not penalize defendant for exercising his constitutional right to a jury trial. State supreme court properly examined and rejected defendant's claim that he was incompetent to waive post-conviction proceedings.

Appellate Information

  • Submitted 12/14/2009
  • Decided 12/31/2008
  • Published 12/31/2008


  • BAUER, Circuit Judge., Before BAUER, WILLIAMS and SYKES, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Seventh Circuit


  • For Appellees:
  • Alan M. Freedman, Midwest Center for Justice, Evanston, IL, Laurence E. Komp, Manchester, MO, for Petitioner-Appellee., James B. Martin, Office of the Attorney General, Indianapolis, IN, for Respondent-Appellant.
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