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Obese Death Row Inmate: Parole Board Recommends Clemency

Obese Death Row Inmate Clemency

An obese death row inmate who is set for execution in January may get clemency, it an Ohio state parole board’s recommendation is honored by the state’s governor.

The parole board recommended clemency for Ronald Post, 53, who was sentenced to death in 1985 for the 1983 aggravated murder of a hotel clerk, reports Yahoo! News.

The obese inmate is scheduled to die by lethal injection on January 16, but has been fighting the sentence, saying that his weight makes it cruel and unusual punishment to put him to death.

A spokesman for Ohio’s Governor John Kasich stated that he has not decided how he will act on the clemency petition yet. The board stated in the clemency recommendation that Post had “perpetrated a horrendous crime,” but that there were numerous omissions, missed opportunities, and questionable decisions by defense attorneys. Because of this, the board recommended a life sentence instead of a death sentence.

While the obese death row inmate has been in the news recently for his weight, CBS Pittsburgh notes that the parole board made their decision based more on his legal representation than the fact that he weighs more than 450 pounds. A federal judge will also hear Post’s weight claim on Monday.

Post claims that his death would be “torturous and lingering,” because of his weight, along with the state’s use of lethal injection. These factors, according to the obese death row inmate, created a “substantial risk for serious psychological pain.” The parole board voted five to three for clemency. The two who opposed stated that Ronald Post lacks remorse for a crime committed in cold blood. They added that the questionable decisions by Post’s defense did not outweigh the circumstances that occurred.

Do you think that obese death row inmate Ronald Post should be given clemency?

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13 Responses to “Obese Death Row Inmate: Parole Board Recommends Clemency”

  1. Anonymous

    Show the scumbag the same mercy and compassion he had for his victims. Oh yeah! There were victims. Punish the scumbag lawyers every time they lie and execute this guy.

  2. Anonymous

    I personally think he should be given a gastric bypass, starting at his left ear and ending at his right ear. that will not only solve his issue with over eating, it will also solve the problem of the lethal injection.

  3. Megan Charles

    For the love of….yeesh. He's been trying to get off from this crime for years. Using his weight as an excuse not to be executed is ridiculous. At one point when he thought they weren't going to give him a stay based on that, he tried arguing innocence….innocence after they weren't granting stay on his weight. Now, we're going to have a line of death row inmates trying to get fat so they can't be properly executed.

  4. Mark Krueger

    so if you kill somebody and then eat and eat and eat and eat, you get off? just give the guy all the chicken he wants and maybe he will choke to death like mama cass. I wonder what the food bill is for this fat blimp, that the taxpayers pay for.

  5. Namron Moolb

    Is there a 24hr buffet in prison? how does he have access to so much food? Isn't anyone monitoring this? the guy keeps getting fatter and none of the prison personnel notice?

  6. Diane Atwood Whitlock

    he should get life in prison IF he can survive the 30.30 in his head. lets not forget the victim who lost her life-he killed, we should kill; if lethal injection is mean, give a gun to her family or a rights group-bullets enter fat just like meat.

  7. Tina Burch-Slone

    no he shouldn't get clemency, he shouldn't be fed anymore either. just up his dose of his lethal injection. there are elephant tranquilzers after all….so there is something for him as well.

  8. Bev Allbright

    If this guy is gaining weight on death row we are feeding prisoners a lot better then we should be.