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SmashMouth 09-17-2012 06:55 PM

Ohio death row inmate makes case that he's too obese for execution
 
A condemned Ohio inmate who weighs at least 480 pounds wants his upcoming execution delayed, saying his weight could lead to a "torturous and lingering death."
Ronald Post, who shot and killed a hotel clerk in northern Ohio almost 30 years ago, said his weight, vein access, scar tissue and other medical problems raise the likelihood his executioners would encounter severe problems. He's also so big that the execution gurney might not hold him, lawyers for Post said in federal court papers filed Friday.
"Indeed, given his unique physical and medical condition there is a substantial risk that any attempt to execute him will result in serious physical and psychological pain to him, as well as an execution involving a torturous and lingering death," the filing said.
Post, 53, is scheduled to die Jan. 16 for the 1983 shooting death of Helen Vantz in Elyria.
A spokeswoman for the prisons department had no comment on the pending litigation.
Inmates' weight has come up previously in death penalty cases in Ohio and elsewhere.
In 2008, federal courts rejected arguments by condemned double-killer Richard Cooey that he was too obese to die by injection. Cooey's attorneys had argued that prison food and limited opportunities to exercise contributed to a weight problem that would make it difficult for the execution team to find a viable vein for lethal injection.


Read more: Ohio death row inmate makes case that he's too obese for execution | Fox News

dam1953 09-17-2012 08:15 PM

Re: Ohio death row inmate makes case that he's too obese for execution
 
Quit feeding him until he fits on the gurney.

Crusader 09-18-2012 03:42 AM

Re: Ohio death row inmate makes case that he's too obese for execution
 
Just take him out back and shoot the fat SOB. Use an elephant rifle just to be sure.

QBREES9 09-18-2012 12:39 PM

Re: Ohio death row inmate makes case that he's too obese for execution
 
Thats really is too funny. C'mon man


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