Michael Ross, the inmate awaiting execution for the murder of eight women, has repeatedly expressed his wish to not fight any longer. His father and a state appointed lawyer argue that Ross is not competent to accept execution:
His relatives argue Ross suffers from "death row syndrome," in which a person's mental state is degraded by being on death row for a long period and he thinks it would be better to die.
There is a certain perversity at work here. Ross is incompetent to accept execution because he chooses to do so. Its a classic Catch-22. Pity the prison psychologist who has to say, "Go ahead and put him down, he wants to live." It is common that appeals are automatic for death penalty cases, but it seems to be going too far when not even the wishes of the condemned would be considered.