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Ohio: Execution table can support obese inmate

Published: Tue, October 23, 2012 @ 6:51 p.m.

COLUMBUS (AP) — An Ohio prison warden says the state’s execution table can easily hold a condemned inmate who has argued he’s so big the table might collapse.

Warden Donald Morgan of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility said in a court filing late Monday that he tested the table with an equally heavy prison employee and also by placing 540 pounds of weights on the table for two hours.

Inmate Ronald Post is asking a federal judge to spare him because he would face a “torturous and lingering death” if executed in January.

Post’s attorneys said last month he weighs 480 pounds, while the state says Post weighed 396 pounds last week.

The 53-year-old Post is scheduled to die Jan. 16 for the 1983 shooting death of Helen Vantz in Elyria.


1Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

""Inmate Ronald Post is asking a federal judge to spare him because he would face a “torturous and lingering death” if executed in January.""

Oh cry me a river, you fat useless human DNA. Take it like a man, oh wait, your not a man, your a coward!

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2kurtw(1758 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

We lost our family pet two weeks ago- a wonderful red cat that had become so much a part of our lives that losing him was like losing a member of the family- but he was 17 years old and he was suffering, so we knew it was time.

We took him in and they put him on a table and they gave him two injections: the first a muscle relaxant, the second slowed and then stopped his breathing. It was as merciful and painless as humanly possible We said our good-byes and within minutes it was over.

The procedure used by the veterinarian is exactly the same as that used by the state to administer the death penalty: as merciful and painless as possible.

Only one difference- our cat never harmed anyone, except the occasional chipmunk or sparrow (he never was a good mouser). Capital punishment is designed to punish people for extreme crimes.

How much more "humane" can we possibly make Capital Punishment than having somebody rest on a table and then gently putting them to sleep?

What all this is about is an effort to kill Capital Punishment by inches. That's all.

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3NoBS(2758 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

If Ronald Post is too fat to be executed, then he should be put on a bread-and-water diet until he loses enough weight that he can be executed. Or maybe just water only.

And KurtW, you're right. The anti-capital punishment crowd has already made the death penalty almost useless as a deterrent. The criminal can expect to live another 25 or 30 years on Death Row, in a private room with 3 hots and a cot, clean jammies, cable TV and internet, free healthcare, and more, all supplied by the taxpayer. Who's afraid of that? And there's always the chance that some soft-headed lame duck like Dick Celeste will sweep through, commuting all capital sentences to life in prison. Maybe even with the chance of parole. So now that they've neutered the death penalty, they point to it and say "Look! It doesn't work!" If they'd kept the firing squad and the hangman's noose, and if the sentence was permitted to be carried out in a timely fashion, it would be a deterrent to capital crimes.

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4Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Here in the valley its even worse Jail time isn't even a deterent anymore. A murder around here is around 3-5 years per person.

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5oldsouthhighwarrior(24 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Will someone tell me why it takes 29 yrs. in ohio to put a dog to sleep. when in Texas it does not take long at all.

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6DwightK(1535 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Keep feeding him chicken wings until he chokes on a bone.

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7mrblue(1175 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

IS this clown kidding?? Too fat and heavy.--------------PLease.

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8NilesOhio(986 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

vinytalk - Right there with you. For that matter, they could take him to his burial plot and do it there.

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