“Help. Don’t kill me, I’m too fat to die” is the new cry for mercy for a society that hates fat people. They are discriminated against. A Federal Judge gave a reprieve as a convicted killer of two Akron University Students is now hiding behind Fat. It appears they are fearful they will have a hard time finding the veins in those layers of fat produced at tax payer expense.
Perhaps the State should reduce his calorie intact to 1,000 per day. Either he dies of starvation or is executed when they can easily find the veins. Of course there is always the bullet which still has no trouble finding its target no matter how big the person is. What a scam his lawyers are running. Sad thing is the legal system is buying into it… at least some are.
Obese Ohio death row inmate asks state for mercy
By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS – 16 hours ago
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A death row inmate who says he’s too fat to be executed received poor legal help during his trial and later when he appealed the death sentence, his lawyers said Monday during a clemency hearing.
It’s the second time that Richard Cooey, convicted of killing two University of Akron students in 1986, has asked the state for mercy. The Ohio Parole Board denied a similar request five years ago, and Cooey came within a day of being executed in 2003 before a federal judge issued a reprieve.
In a lawsuit filed this month, his lawyers said that executioners would have trouble finding Cooey’s veins and that his weight could diminish the effectiveness of one of the lethal injection drugs.
Cooey stands 5 feet 7 and weighs 267 pounds. His execution is scheduled for Oct. 14. It would be the first execution in the state since the end of a moratorium while the U.S. Supreme Court reviewed Kentucky’s lethal injection procedure.
Cooey didn’t attend Monday’s clemency hearing, and neither side argued the merits of the obesity lawsuit.
His lawyers said that Cooey’s original defense team didn’t properly present evidence about the effect of beatings he received as a child, as well as the impact of Cooey’s alcohol abuse.
Cooey, 41, isn’t the same person who committed the murders and is remorseful to the point of self-loathing, said Dana Cole, a University of Akron law professor who represented Cooey at the parole board hearing.
“If he’s killed on Oct. 14, we will kill a changed man,” Cole said. “He’s not the same man who committed these crimes.”
The Associated Press: Obese Ohio death row inmate asks state for mercy.