A death row inmate has argued that he is so fat that Ohio executioners would have trouble finding his veins and and that his weight could diminish the effectiveness of the lethal drugs.
Lawyers argued that Richard Cooey at 5 feet 7 inches tall and 267 pounds had poor veins when he faced execution five years ago, and that the problem has been worsened by weight gain.
The lawsuit, filed on Friday, says prison officials have had difficulty drawing blood from Cooey for medical procedures and cites a prison nurse’s report from 2003 that said Cooey’s veins were so difficult to find that nurses would need extra time.
This is not, incidentally, a new tactic:
Two years ago, convicted killer Jeffrey Lundgren argued unsuccessfully that he was at greater risk of experiencing pain and suffering because he was overweight and diabetic.
A federal appeals court rejected the claim by Lundgren, convicted of killing a family of five in an eastern Ohio cult killing. He was executed in October 2006.
Sources do not indicate whether Lundgren’s victims were overweight and/or diabetic.