Attorney General talks about death penalty cases and mortgage foreclosure at South Bend summit

A two-day criminal justice summit in South Bend has turned its attention to mortgage foreclosures today.  Indiana is working with all other U.S. states in investigating so-called “robo-signing” in the mortgage services industry and fraudulent companies offering help.  Gabrielle Owens is the director of the state’s Homeowner Protection Unit and a speaker at the summit.  She says fraud schemes are a threat to the most economically-vulnerable Hoosiers.

Owens on Fraudulent Companies

The two-day conference in South Bend is hosted by Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoelller. Monday was devoted to the cost of death penalty cases to local governments.  Zoeller says those costs can be exorbitant… and continue to accrue during appeals.  A Rutgers University professor at the summit suggested Indiana could develop stricter limitations on reimbursement for trial expenses.   Indiana has executed 20 inmates since it reinstated the death penalty in 1977.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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