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Ross attorney moves to delay execution

[JURIST] Citing "information... that made me question Mr. Ross's competency," the attorney hired by convicted serial rapist and murderer Michael Ross [About.com profile] to expedite his execution filed a motion Monday to delay what would be New England's first execution in 45 years. The attorney, T.J. Paulding, said in his motion that psychiatrist Michael Norko, who previously declared Ross competent, now believes he may have come to a different conclusion if he had had access to information cited by the state's public defenders. Paulding argued that Ross may suffer from a phenomenon known as death row syndrome [WTNH report], whereby years of harsh conditions on death row have in effect coerced Ross to drop his appeals. AP has more. Ross's execution is still scheduled for 9 PM Monday night at Connecticut's Osborn Correctional Institution [official website].

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