Nearly 30-years ago condemned inmate Ronald Post shot to death Helen Vantz, a hotel desk clerk in Elyria, OH.Now scheduled for execution on January 16th. 2013, Post's attorneys have made a filling with a federal court.
In the filling the lawyers argue he faces a torturous and lingering death if his execution is carried out . The reason, Ronald Post weighs 480 pounds.Post says his weight, vein access, scar tissue and other medical problems could cause problems with his execution.
His lawyers also said in their federal court filling that the inmate is so big the execution gurney might not hold him.
The filling also states that Post is discouraged from walking because he is at risk of falling and he suffers from depression that affects his eating.
The State of Ohio is no stranger to problems during executions. On May 2nd 2006 Joseph Clark was scheduled to be executed in the 1984 Toledo murder of David A. Manning.
I was at Clark's execution, which took longer than planned because prison officials had difficulty finding a vein. Twenty minutes after the scheduled 10 a.m. time of execution, a prison official with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction came out a said there was a problem. The official said that scar tissue from past drug use was making it difficult for the needle to stay in Clark's arm. She continued, stating that Clark "raised his head and said it don't work several times."
A second attempt was made and Clark was pronounced dead at 11:26 a.m., nearly 90 minutes after the start of the execution.
What is your opinion on the death penalty? Should prisoners sentenced to death be granted a stay of execution due to medical problems?