Too fat to die?! How Ironic is that?!
480 Pound Ohio Prisoner Claims He’s Too Fat For Execution
A condemned Ohio inmate who weighs 480 pounds and has a history of difficulty losing weight argues he would face a “torturous and lingering death” if executed in January.
Ronald Post, who shot and killed a hotel clerk in northern Ohio almost 30 years ago, said his weight, vein access, scar tissue, depression 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.
Post’s attorneys also want more time to pursue arguments that claims of a full confession by the inmate to several people have been falsely exaggerated.
“Post’s case is about more than his weight, and his life should be spared for reasons wholly unrelated to his obesity,” his federal public defender, Joseph Wilhelm, said in a statement.
Good try Mr. Post, but we’re sure the family of the woman you killed would like nothing better than to see yo’ fat azz fry in a “torturous” death. Pack light, it’s pretty warm where you’re going…
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