Paralyzed condition Basso, a New York native, is paralyzed from the chest down, and testified at a December competency hearing from a hospital bed wheeled into Judge Mary Lou Keel's 232nd State District Court. 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. Nelson Rockefeller. Basso claimed that she was left paralyzed as a result of a beating by guards at the Harris County Jail, but Cochran said she suffers from a chronic degenerative condition. Although American-born, Basso offered her testimony in an often unintelligible accent, her voice rising in a wail when challenged with terse interrogation. Cochran argued that Basso was sufficiently delusional, and unable to comprehend her coming execution or its reason. Judge Keel's rejection of his argument, however, came as little surprise. She had indicated at the end of the December hearing that she was inclined to find Basso competent.Clemency Section Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles 8610 Shoal Creek Blvd. Austin, TX 78757-6814 Phone: (512) 406-5852 Fax: (512) 467-0945 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Salutation: Dear Members of the Board Her Lawyer is asking for a 90 day stay from the Governor. So please also contact the Governor of Texas to urge him to grant a 90 day stay and to accept any recommendation, if it is granted, from the Board of Pardons and Paroles to commute her sentence. Office of the Governor P.O. Box 12428 Austin, Texas 78711-2428 Fax: (512) 463-1849 Main number: (512) 463-2000 Information and Referral Hotline: (800) 843 5789 [for Texas callers] Citizen’s Opinion Hotline: (800) 252-9600 [for Texas callers] Information and Referral and Opinion Hotline: (512) 463-1782 [for Austin, Texas and out-of-state callers] Online Contact: http://www2.governor.state.tx.us/contact Salutation: Dear Governor Perry
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