Skip to comments.Judge: Serial Killer Can Decide to Die
Posted on 12/29/2004 7:11:37 AM PST by bedolido
NEW LONDON, Conn. - A judge ruled Tuesday that a confessed serial killer set to become the first inmate executed in New England in 40 years is mentally competent and can forgo further appeals of his death sentence.
Michael Ross, 45, is scheduled to be executed Jan. 26 for killing four young women in eastern Connecticut in the 1980s. He has admitted to killing a total of eight women and raping several of them.
Superior Court Judge Patrick Clifford ordered Ross to testify in court and be examined by a psychiatrist to ensure he was competent to decide to allow the execution to go forward.
Clifford said he found Ross to be lucid and rational. "This decision is his right to make," the judge said.
Ross testified that he was confident if he appealed, he could persuade the courts to overturn his death sentence. But he said he didn't want to do that, partly because of the pain it would cause his victims' families.
Dr. Michael Norko, who examined Ross at the judge's request, testified that Ross understands his legal options and has made a rational decision. Norko said Ross believes pursuing appeals "would be the morally wrong thing to do."
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Heck, we can raise alot of $$ if we have people chip in to a lottery for selecting the firing squad.
Is that the way its done in Connecticut? Seems too Old West for that part of the country.
Connecticut: Lethal injection is the sole method [of execution].
I would be surprised if Connecticut is even capable of carrying out an execution. Sure the law is on the books, but nobody expected it would actually ever be carried out. They have a month to work out all the bugs in the system.
Maybe they can get an expert consultant in from Texas.
I don't support the death penalty, but fake death penalty provisions like the one in Connecticut just cheese me off!
If you were familar with the case you might agree that Mahatma Ghandi would push the plunger on this guy. The fact that he wants to die just removes legal impediments.
Happy trails to you...
No skin off my back...