New hope for the criminally chubby?

What are they feeding these people?

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.

And Ohio, like most states, has no fallback position.

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.


  1. lily »

    4 August 2008 · 8:50 pm

    well, I am a BBW myself. We BBW BHM are very proud of our size. I have known many plus sized people at the dating site, where you can find many Sexy, Curvy, Classy Women, open minded plus couples, hot big guys, also nice fat admirers, even some celebs.

  2. CGHill »

    4 August 2008 · 9:21 pm

    On the basis that I expect it to prove counterproductive, I opted to leave this bit of spammage in place, although I did excise about half a dozen extraneous asterisks.

  3. Kay Dennison »

    4 August 2008 · 10:27 pm

    As a Buckeye born and bred, I am appalled at this. This man committed on of the most heinous crimes in the history of the state and they’re worried about his death being painful. Someone wiser than I said, if it ain’t cruel or unusual, it ain’t punishment.

  4. Rob O'Hara »

    4 August 2008 · 10:59 pm

    Now we finally know what’s in the center of a Tootsie Pop — a license to kill!

  5. Dan B »

    5 August 2008 · 9:08 am

    Spike his food with extra fat and sugar. Let him kill himself overeating.

  6. McGehee »

    5 August 2008 · 9:28 am

    If he’s too big for the gurney, divide him up among three or four gurneys. Execute his left leg first, then his right…

  7. Kirk »

    5 August 2008 · 1:08 pm

    Your comment about the lack of a fallback position is particularly on point. My first thought when I saw this load of tripe was that hanging would be a very acceptable alternative, if you could find a strong enough rope!

  8. Joseph Hertzlinger »

    10 August 2008 · 1:12 am

    If Richard Cooey gets away with this, it would be a clear instance of the survival of the fattest.

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