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Capital Punishment in Connecticut

Michael Ross - Selected Chronology

  • May 13, 2005 - Ross executed by lethal injection
  • May 12, 2005 - U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied Donna Dunham's (Ross' sister) emergency motion for a stay of execution (Ross v. Lantz)
  • May 9, 2005 - CT Supreme Court upheld Superior Court decision that Ross was competent and his waiver of further appeals was "knowing, intelligent and voluntary." (State v. Ross, Dranginis concurrence, Norcott dissent)
  • May 5, 2005 - CT Supreme Court heard oral arguments.
  • April 22, 2005 - Superior Court at New London ruled that Ross was competent to choose to forego further appeals (State v. Ross, Memorandum of Decision re: Competency and Voluntariness)
  • January 31, 2005 - Ross filed motions in state and federal courts for competency hearings, postponing execution; CT Supreme Court issued issued stays of execution; warrant of execution expired.
  • January 28, 2005 - U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the temporary restraining order imposed in Ross v. Rell
  • January 27, 2005 - U.S. Supreme Court vacated the stay of execution entered in Ross v. Lantz (Docket # 04A656)
  • January 27, 2005 - U.S. Supreme Court denied the application of the Missionary Society of Connecticut for a stay of execution of the death penalty (Docket # 04A647)
  • January 26, 2005 - U.S. District Court issued a temporary restraining order for evaluation of Ross's competency Ross v. Rell (U.S. District Court, D.Conn., January 26, 2005)
  • January 26, 2005 - The Connecticut State's Attorney appealed the case (Lantz v. Ross) to the U.S. Supreme Court (Docket # 04A656)
  • January 25, 2005 - U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the District Court's stay (Ross v. Lantz).
  • In re Application for Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (CT Supreme Court, January 25, 2005)
  • January 24, 2005 - U.S. District Court issued a stay of execution to hold an evidentiary hearing on the issue of competence (Ross v. Lantz)
  • January 24, 2005 - CT Supreme Court ruled that decisions of the Board of Pardons are not subject to appeal (Missionary Society of Connecticut v. Board of Pardons and Paroles, 272 Conn. 647)
  • January 21, 2005
  • Petitions for a writ of habeas corpus. Denied. Dissent.
  • January 14, 2005
  • CT Supreme Court ruled that Public Defenders had no standing to intervene on behalf of Ross, and had offered no meaningful evidence that he was incompetent to waive any further appeals (272 Conn. 577) [Ross V?]
  • January 10, 2005
  • U.S. District Court denied motion of Dan Ross (Michael Ross's father) to intervene on his behalf (Ross ex rel. Ross v. Rell, No. Civ.A.3:04 CV 2186 C)
  • June 1, 2004 - CT Supreme Court reaffirmed sentence of death (269 Conn 213)[Ross IV]
  • April 6, 2000 - A New London Superior Court jury reimposed the death sentence
  • December 14, 1999 - CT Supreme Court denied request for new trial based on failure of State to turn over psychiatric evidence (251 Conn 579) [Ross III]
  • February 21, 1995 - Petition for certiorari to U. S. Supreme Court denied (513 U.S. 1165)
  • July 26, 1994 - CT Supreme Court affirmed conviction, but reversed death penalty judgments and ordered remand for new sentencing hearings (230 Conn 183) [Ross II]
  • May 5, 1993 - Supreme Court agreed to enlarge class of capital felony cases to be included in proportionality review (225 Conn. 559) [Ross I]
  • July 6, 1987 - Ross convicted of raping and murdering 4 women, and sentenced to death
  • June 29, 1984 - Michael Ross arrested and charged with six counts of capital felony (four counts of kidnap-murder and two counts of rape-murder

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