Obese in­mate asks to be spared

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT - Byan­drewwelsh-hug­gins

COLUM­BUS, OhiO — A con­demned obese killer should be spared be­cause of lin­ger­ing doubts about his “le­gal and mo­ral guilt” and the con­duct of de­fense and pros­e­cu­tion lawyers at trial, his at­tor­neys told the state Pa­role Board on Thurs­day in a bid for clemency fo­cus­ing on his in­no­cence, not his weight.

Death row in­mate Ron­ald Post is fight­ing his Jan­uary ex­e­cu­tion on the grounds that he is so fat he can’t be hu­manely ex­e­cuted and will suf­fer cruel and un­usual pun­ish­ment.

That ar­gu­ment is in the fed­eral courts, while the 450-pound Post pur­sues an in­no­cence claim un­re­lated to his weight be­fore the pa­role board. The panel con­sid­ers re­quests for mercy be­fore mak­ing a rec­om­men­da­tion to Gov. John Ka­sich, who has the fi­nal say.

Post, 53, was sen­tenced to die for the 1983 shoot­ing of Elyria mo­tel clerk He­len Vantz dur­ing a rob­bery.

The pre­sump­tion that Post con­fessed to the mur­der to sev­eral peo­ple has been falsely ex­ag­ger­ated, Post’s at­tor­neys ar­gue.

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