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Winston Cochran Jr.


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In a Supreme Court brief, Basso's ... [cached]

In a Supreme Court brief, Basso's lawyer Winston Cochran pointed to her "long history of delusional thinking and mental disorders," adding that prison doctors had diagnosed her with clinical depression. "She had a horrible childhood. She's been delusional since way back then. She was molested, she grew up in poverty; all school records show she had mental health problems," Cochran said in an interview. He said his client's death sentence should have been reversed years ago due to only "sporadic" evidence, suggesting the had been singled out for her physical appearance and her attitude.

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Basso's attorney, Winston Cochran called witnesses who testified of the woman's allegedly delusional claims that a nurse secreted a snake in a hollowed book, that she was one of triplets born in the office of a Catholic bishop and that she was a friend of former New York Gov.

Cochran argued that Basso was sufficiently delusional, and unable to comprehend her coming execution or its reason.

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She has been diagnosed with at least six different disorders over time," said attorney Winston Cochran Jr., who filed the petition.

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In his final appeals on Basso's behalf, League City lawyer Winston Cochran early Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the constitutionality of Texas' law to establish a killer's competency to be executed. Under the law, a killer must be aware that he will be executed and why.

Cochran argued that the Texas standard does not adequately give weight to a killer's delusional thinking.

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One psychiatrist indicated additional testing over an extended period of time "would provide a more reliable evaluation," attorney Winston Cochran said in a federal court filing.

It was not immediately clear if Cochran would take the case to the Supreme Court. He did not respond to a message left Tuesday night by The Associated Press.
Cochran said a degenerative disease has left her paralyzed.

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