Stories like this make me want serious capital punishment reform.
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.
Now for our very messed up, and strangely inhumane lethal injection system, he’s probably right. Grossly obese people have hard-to-find superficial veins, and I guess there’s his issue with the gurney.
Still this is the major problem with our capital punishment system. It took three DECADES for him to get his execution date from the time of his sentencing. I’m all for appeals, but is there really any evidence it takes more than a year-or-two, ten at most, for somebody innocent to prove it to the system? And now in that time, they can be packing on the potatoes and Salisbury steak….not to mention liberal helpings of pruno, to pack on the pounds before the magic date happens.
I mean I lost about 40lbs and 4″ on my waist in about 6 months by diligently doing cardio and lifting weights, and obesity is a major problem in America. This doesn’t seem like a difficult model.
A few take-away points: A) a gunshot to the heart or brain will drop him just as fast as a 90lb man. B) His lungs still work, so gassing him while he sits in a sturdy chair, or whatever cot this heifer sleeps on will also do the trick (and we don’t need to use any of the unpleasant gasses…I mean we pay Anesthesiologists a TON of money to keep patients ALIVE in surgery, so the opposite should be easy). Lastly C) If execution isn’t a deterrent, and life in prison is so much worse (even more reason to execute people IMHO) then why is this shitbag fighting it so hard?
Of course 30 years is more than a generation, and enough time for many of the people who were alive when the crime happened to die off, and there are many adults alive today that weren’t alive at the time of the crime. Overall this system is a HUGE miscarriage of justice.