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    COLUMBUS, Ohio - 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.

    Heath says Cooey's weight, combined with the potential drug resistance, increases the risk he would not be properly anesthetized.

    "All of the experts agree if the first drug doesn't work, the execution is going to be excruciating," Cooey's public defender, Kelly Culshaw Schneider, said Monday.

    Prison system spokeswoman Andrea Carson and Jim Gravelle, a spokesman for the Ohio Attorney General's Office, both said Monday they hadn't seen the lawsuit and couldn't comment.

    Last year, Carson cited the obesity of condemned inmate Christopher Newton as one of the reasons prison officials had difficulty accessing his veins before his execution. Newton was 6 feet tall and weighed 265 pounds.

    Two years ago, convicted killer Jeffrey Lundgren was put to death after a federal appeals court rejected his claim that he was at greater risk of experiencing pain and suffering because he was overweight and diabetic.

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  • #2
    "Cooey was sentenced to death for raping and murdering two female University of Akron students in 1986."
    http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Wor...15070731?f=rss

    He didn't care about the pain that he caused those two girls he raped and killed.....
    I say take him out back like ol' yeller.
    ‘Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.’
    Oscar Wilde

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    • #3
      The last time I checked the lab techs in hosptals find veins in fat guys all the time. And his headache medicine might affect the effectivness of the drugs? Better switch to asprin buddy, because you're standing on the tracks - and train is coming.

      BTW, a hammer to the head would solve this problem even with his 'medical' concerns.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Freddie View Post
        The last time I checked the lab techs in hosptals find veins in fat guys all the time. And his headache medicine might affect the effectivness of the drugs? Better switch to asprin buddy, because you're standing on the tracks - and train is coming.

        BTW, a hammer to the head would solve this problem even with his 'medical' concerns.

        Each state should have more than one execution method. If lethal injection doesn't work, fry him. If that doesn't work firing squad. Or just castrate him and let him bleed to death. He sure didn't care about the pain of those poor two girls that he raped and butchered.

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        • #5
          I say put him on a starvation diet.
          Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
          Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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          • #6
            Originally posted by DAL View Post
            I say put him on a starvation diet.
            Water Rations and Vitamins.
            The Red, Bold, Italic is my official sarcasm tag.



            "I think many years ago an advanced civilization intervened with us genetically and gave us just enough intelligence to develop dangerous technology but not enough to use it wisely. Then they sat back to watch the fun. Kind of like a human zoo. And you know what? They're getting their money's worth"
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            • #7
              A bullet would probably make its way through the fat pretty well...


              I'm just saying...

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              • #8
                Tell him if he's unhappy with the results to file a complaint afterwards.

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                • #9
                  They really need to bring back the firing squad. Think about the taxpayers dollars in medical equipment, ect., ect. Now $2.50 for 5 7.62mm rounds, and Im sure no shortage of volunteers. Its funny how the bean counters dont think of that.
                  Caedite eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius.

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                  • #10
                    5? I well placed .45 round placed to the cranium should do the trick.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by brad601 View Post
                      They really need to bring back the firing squad. Think about the taxpayers dollars in medical equipment, ect., ect. Now $2.50 for 5 7.62mm rounds, and Im sure no shortage of volunteers. Its funny how the bean counters dont think of that.
                      Not to nit pick here. But I watched a special on firing squads of the early 20th century. In some cases, there were anywhere from 5-7 squad members, but only 1 had an actual live round in the chamber. The other guns had blanks, so none of the squad members knew if they were the ones who actually fired the shot that killed the inmate. So in that case, it would be cheaper!
                      The Red, Bold, Italic is my official sarcasm tag.



                      "I think many years ago an advanced civilization intervened with us genetically and gave us just enough intelligence to develop dangerous technology but not enough to use it wisely. Then they sat back to watch the fun. Kind of like a human zoo. And you know what? They're getting their money's worth"
                      George Carlin

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                      • #12
                        What a whiner. Hospitals deal with obese people every day.
                        Last edited by velobard; 08-05-2008, 02:54 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Tucker6900 View Post
                          Not to nit pick here. But I watched a special on firing squads of the early 20th century. In some cases, there were anywhere from 5-7 squad members, but only 1 had an actual live round in the chamber. The other guns had blanks, so none of the squad members knew if they were the ones who actually fired the shot that killed the inmate. So in that case, it would be cheaper!
                          I think you got it backwards.
                          Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
                          Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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                          • #14
                            Well you fat **** if the normal dose won’t do you in, lets up the dose say 60% that should do the job. As far as your weight simple solution, Your last meal is just that your last meal when ever that was , if you last ate lunch today then well that is it crash diet I am sure you can shed a few pounds during your appeal process this way. Besides you piece of crap we all remember what you did may your execution be as painful as can be, May you suffer for hours, did you show Dawn and Wendy any compassion? Why should we? Rot in hell you piece of crap! Yes yes that is it beg, beg for mercy you coward lets here you say it ….spare my life your honor…come on lets here you say it, let’s see the tears in your eyes again as you beg.

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                            • #15
                              He wasn't too fat to rape and murder two women, and he's not too fat to face the consequences.

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