Updated: Friday, 12 Nov 2010, 4:41 AM EST
Published : Thursday, 11 Nov 2010, 8:39 AM EST
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - The U.S. Supreme Court has thrown out a lower court ruling and reinstated the death sentence for convicted killer Joseph Corcoran of Fort Wayne.
The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had erred in January when it said the death sentence violated Indiana law. The high court said federal courts can review state cases only for violations of federal law.
The lower court had ordered a new sentence.
The now 34-year-old Corcoran was convicted in 1999 of killing the four men, including his brother and his sister's fiance. Corcoran's attorneys have said he was mentally ill.
Indiana attorney general spokesman Bryan Corbin says Corcoran may ask the U.S. Supreme Court review the case again.
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