Richard Coohey, currently a resident of the Southern Ohio Correctional Center in Lucasville, Ohio, wants to reside there longer. The state disagrees with Coohey. Ohio wants to give Coohey a lethal injection. But there's a problem.
Richard Cooey, who is 5ft 7 and weighs about 19 stone, claims that his obesity means it would be difficult to find veins for the lethal injection to be administered, and that medication he has taken for migraines may diminish the effectiveness of drugs the Ohio prison uses in its execution process.
In his second last-minute attempt to avoid execution, Cooey’s lawyers have filed a federal lawsuit in which they claim that he had poor veins when he faced execution five years ago and that the problem has been worsened by weight gain.
Sounds like it's time for a salad diet for Mr. Coohey, who, lest we feel too much sympathy for his plight, raped and murdered two students at the University of Akron in 1986. While I suspect the Supreme Court, if Coohey's claims get that far, won't be amused at the idea that a prisoner can eat his way off of death row, perhaps Ohio's lawmakers should consider a backup method.
I'll bet they could hang him, as long as they have an extra-wide trap door.