Archive for September 18th, 2012

This guy has been in the news off and on for a while, as have other death-row lifers, and he cannot be executed because there might be problems stemming from incompatibility between his corpulence and (gasp) needles.  Again, why do they not just say “tough tits” and why does this guy get reported on regularly with articles that are not heaping coals upon his head?

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.

“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.

Hold that thought:  They can’t lethal-injection him because there might be severe problems.
Post’s request for gastric bypass surgery has been denied…
But he’s willing to risk all that risk, physical pain, and psychological pain because he wants to live, so they can execute him when he’s in better health.

… he’s been encouraged not to walk because he’s at risk for falling…

Encouraged not to walk because he’s at risk… even though he’s just dying to lose some weight so they can execute him.
… and severe depression has contributed to his inability to limit how much he eats…
I blinked FIVE times when I read that one.  Uh… don’t shove as much food into his cell.  He’s in prison, on death row.
I can’t say as how I blame him for working the system to stay alive, but taxpayer dollars pay for the bullsh*t wrangling in the courts.
More pain-free than any other method – all the dead people I’ve talked to agree.    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nitrogen_asphyxiation

Although execution by nitrogen asphyxiation was discussed briefly in print in 1995 (Creque), it is not used by any nation.

In a televised documentary in 2007,[2] the UK political commentator (and former Member of Parliament United Kingdom), Michael Portillo examined execution techniques in use around the world and found them unsatisfactory; his conclusion was that nitrogen asphyxiation would be the best method.

Your body doesn’t spaz because you’re dumping CO2 and it can’t tell that you’re not getting 02, so you just go to sleep, quietly.  That’s how I’d want to go.  We should ALL be so lucky.
He can go to his execution fat, happy, with a few painkillers in him, ride in on a wheelchair, have a smoke, and wait for the gas to do its job peacefully.

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