Too fat to die?


While most of us are being told we need to lose weight to live longer lives, there’s a very different message being sent to prisoners across the country: get fat to live.

The case of Richard Cooey takes the cake (pun intended) for the most ridiculous stories coming out of the United States’ “justice” system lately. Cooey was convicted of raping and murdering two college women in Ohio in 1986. According to several reports, he has never denied participating in the rape and beating of the women, although he does claim his accomplice delivered the fatal blows.

Cooey is scheduled for execution on Oct. 14 — 22 years after his victims suffered from his unbelievable acts of cruelty. A parole board in Columbus recently recommended no mercy for Cooey, who sought clemency based on ineffective legal representation.

So now, Cooey’s bottom-feeding lawyers have pulled the latest rabbit from their legal bag of tricks and are suing to prevent his execution, claiming executioners would have trouble finding his veins and his weight would make the lethal injection drugs ineffective.

If this nonsense is allowed to continue, I’m betting you won’t see as many prisoners out in the exercise yards pumping iron and trying to bulk up. After all, if getting fat eating taxpayer food can get a guy out of being executed for a horrific crime he admitted to committing, there are all kinds of possibilities.

Imagine if you’re too fat to be comfortable in your prison cell? Or, imagine the emotional stress of being fat in prison and being mercilessly teased for it. Certainly, these are “cruel and unusual punishment,” are they not?

We need to be sending another message to the criminals in this country: justice may be blind, but she’s not stupid.

After all, the Ohio prison system could always bring in a veterinarian and put this animal to death immediately. Certainly they have the needles and drug supplies large enough to finally bring peace to the families of Wendy Offredo and Dawn McCreedy.

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