Too Fat To Die?

Ronald Post, who shot and killed a hotel clerk in northern Ohio almost 30 years ago, says he is too fat to be put to death. He is 480 lbs and claims his “weight, vein access, scar tissue and other medical problems” would make killing him torturous.  Has it really gotten to this?  Our country is so fat that people can actually get off death row due to obesity?  The article states that “inmates’ weight has come up previously in death penalty cases in Ohio and elsewhere”.   This issue came up once before in 2008 for another inmate and his lawyer blamed prison food and limited opportunities to exercise as the cause to his weight problem.  I guess they should have a full health club and gourmet food?   Or how about making them work and feeding them less like in the good old days?  No, that would be cruel and unusual punishment.   This is not a debate about the death penalty.  This is a debate about political correctness creating scenarios like this, which are a reflection of our society.  And it is so sad.

 

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