Wall-e GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
8/4/08 10:51 p.m.


A death row inmate scheduled for execution says he's too fat to be put to death, claiming executioners would have trouble finding his veins and that his weight could diminish the effectiveness of one of the lethal injection drugs.

Lawyers for Richard Cooey argue in a federal lawsuit that Cooey — 5-feet-7 and 267 pounds — had poor veins when he faced execution five years ago and the problem has been worsened by weight gain.

The lawsuit, filed Friday in federal court, also says prison officials have had difficulty drawing blood from Cooey for medical procedures.

Cooey, 41, is sentenced to die for raping and murdering two young women in 1986. His execution is scheduled for Oct. 14.

His attorneys say a drug he is taking for migraine headaches could affect the execution process. The drug Topamax, a type of seizure medication, may have created a resistance to thiopental, the drug used to put inmates to sleep before two other lethal drugs are administered, Dr. Mark Heath, a physician hired by the Ohio Public Defender's Office, said in documents filed with the court.

rebelgtp HalfDork
8/4/08 11:06 p.m.

I remember one years ago that was scheduled for an execution by hanging. They argued that he was to fat to hang that it would just pop his head right off

I think they ended up hanging him anyway.

Keith GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
8/5/08 12:19 a.m.

I think the guillotine was well perfected a few hundred years ago. If he's not comfortable with the idea of being drugged to death, then let's just hit the disconnect switch.

cwh Dork
8/5/08 6:49 a.m.

9mm, back of head. Instantaneous, painless, cheap. Messy, but no failures. I cannot understand why this is considered barbaric compared to a cocktail of excrutiating drugs.

John Brown
John Brown GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
8/5/08 7:04 a.m.

Cruel and unusual punishment. We wouldn't want the poor murdering rapists to feel like they were dying when they die.

SoloSonett New Reader
8/5/08 8:16 a.m.

too painless and quick.

How about the old Eye for an eye rule?

Multiple rapes until he expires! or just use the ball bat on his fat head!

carguy123 HalfDork
8/5/08 8:19 a.m.

Unfortunately I'm not one to be sympathetic to his plight - I think the first thing they ought to do is begin by shooting his balls off.

93celicaGT2 Reader
8/5/08 8:23 a.m.

How is he gaining weight in jail?

BBsGarage Reader
8/5/08 8:28 a.m.
93celicaGT2 wrote: How is he gaining weight in jail?

By eating his cell mates ?

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