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Weekly Crime Poll: Too Fat To Execute?

By December 7, 2012

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Ohio death row inmate Ronald Post wants to delay his January 16, 2013, execution because he says he is too obese.

Post, 53, who weighs more than 480 pounds, claims that because of his weight, executioners will not be able to find his veins, which could result in a "torturous and lingering death."

Post's lawyer also said in a court filing that the gurney used during executions in Ohio might not hold his client.

Plan B

If Ohio officials cannot use the usual method of execution, which is one lethal injection into the vein, then they can go to an alternative method, which involves lethal injections into the muscle. This procedure can sometimes require more than one dose over a period of several hours and sometimes days. Officials say it is a, "grueling and painful" death.

Tried to Lose Weight

Post has tried to lose weight while incarcerated, but was discouraged from walking because of a bad knee. When he tried to use the exercise bike, he broke it.

He also asked the prison doctor for amphetamines which he had been prescribed from the age of 15 until 21. With the help of the medication he maintained his weight at 240 pounds.

The doctor would not prescribe the medication, stating, "The use of amphetamines for weight loss is not authorized within the correctional setting." He recommended that Post monitor his diet and to exercise when possible.

Post was sentenced to death for shooting hotel clerk Helen Grace Vantz twice in the back of the head in 1983 and then robbing the hotel of around $100 and a television.

Poll: Is obesity a legitimate reason for stopping an execution?

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December 12, 2012 at 10:25 pm
(1) Rose young-Stewart says:

The six percent are people who have no idea there are many doctors and nurses and also phlebotomists who are able to stick a needle into any fat persons arm in a second or two all they need in that death room is one good very experienced nurse . Go that, you six percent? Let me say, that if fat boy had to be rushed to any hospital on Earth, he’d be able to have an IV put into him in a flash… He’s just beating around the damned bush… get rid of the guy.

December 13, 2012 at 4:38 am
(2) C K says:

The proliferation of heinous crime on simple grounds does demand capital punishment. The courts and law have no alternative but to follow the law prescribed and related judgment. This chap is no exception. He did not bother the pains his victim will undergo when life evaporates from her body. I have voted “NO” keeping in view the above.
However, in his case there is completely different factor. Now that he has been sentenced to death in any manner he is well aware that he is bound to go to gallows and being in death row must be fully aware of the fact.
But the matter of tortured death is a different matter. He may be sentenced to life in prison doing hard laborious jobs.

December 13, 2012 at 11:55 am
(3) joanne says:

well then shoot him 2x in the back of his head. what’s good for the goose, is good for the gander.

December 13, 2012 at 6:08 pm
(4) jacqueline cranor says:

Inmates will use any approach they can think of, just to try and stop their execution. They think everything is wrong with the death penality. In fact there something wrong with the death penality; states don’t utilize it!!! Kill the killers!!!!

December 14, 2012 at 12:43 pm
(5) tracy post says:

The Parole Board has voted 5 – 3 in favour of clemency in the case of Ronald Post. This was due to ‘glaring omissions, missed opportunities and questionable tactical decisions by Mr Post’s counsel’. No mention of the issues surrounding his weight that everyone seems to deem more important than the actual facts of the case. And unless you have access to thirty years of court transcripts and appeals you are unlikely to know what you are talking about anyhow.

December 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm
(6) lisa says:

There are obese people who get life-saving surgery all the time in America…..so why not life-ending surgery?

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