Man sues claiming to be too fat to be executed

Ronald Post 
By: Debbie Gross 

A man is seeking to cancel his scheduled execution because he is too fat, according to reports in the news media.

The Ohio inmate is scheduled to die by lethal injection next year.

Convicted murderer Ronald Post, which tips the scales at over 480 pounds, filed papers in federal court last week claiming that executing him in his current condition could lead to a tortuous and protracted death. The 53-year-old was sentenced to death for the murder in 1983 of an Ohio hotel employee, and is scheduled to die with a single dose of pentobarbital, usually injected through the arms.

Post believes that his weight, access vein, scar tissue and other health problems increases the likelihood that his executioners would encounter serious problems. He is also so large that the execution gurney could not hold him, his lawyers said in the court filing, according to the news media.

"In fact, given his unique physical and medical condition there is a substantial risk that any attempt to kill him will lead to serious physical and psychological pain to him, and an execution that involves a long and torturous death," the court statement said.
Post says he has tried to lose weight, but his knee and back problems have become too difficult.

The court papers also state that the bike he used in prison at Mansfield Correctional Institution broke under his weight.

Before Post was scheduled to die, Ohio governor John Kasich made a decision to grant him clemency. The decision mirrored the recommendation of mercy by the state parole board, which said it didn't doubt Post's guilt but said there were too many problems with how Post was represented 30 years ago.

The decision to spare him from death had nothing to do with his weight but rather, that he did not have adequate representation at his trial.