Skip to comments.Ohio Governor Kasich Spares Condemned Obese Killer
Posted on 12/19/2012 7:55:32 PM PST by bimboeruption
The governor on Monday sidestepped a decision about whether a condemned inmate was too fat to be humanely executed by sparing the prisoner on the grounds that he had poor legal representation.
Gov. John Kasich's decision to grant clemency to Ronald Post mirrored the recommendation of mercy by the state parole board, which said it didn't doubt Post's guilt but said there were too many problems with how he was represented 30 years ago.
Post, who weighs 450 pounds, never raised the issue of his size with the board. And Kasich, who commuted Post's sentence to life with no chance of parole, didn't mention Post's obesity claim in his statement. Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said the governor didn't consider Post's obesity claim.
The governor said all criminal defendants, regardless of the heinousness of the crimes, deserve an adequate defense.
"This decision should not be viewed by anyone as diminishing this awful crime or the pain it has caused," Kasich said.
Post's attorneys applauded the decision.
The parole board and Kasich "rightly recognized that, in cases in which the state seeks to execute one of its citizens, our justice system simply must work better than it did in Mr. Post's case," said public defenders Joe Wilhelm and Rachel Troutman.
In its Friday decision, the parole board rejected arguments made by Post's attorneys that he deserves mercy because of lingering doubts about his "legal and moral guilt" in a woman's death, but it said it couldn't ignore perceived missteps by his lawyers.
Post was scheduled to die Jan. 16 for killing Elyria motel clerk Helen Vantz in a 1983 robbery.
"Post took Vantz's life, devastating the lives of her loved ones in the process," the board said in its 5-3 decision. But it said a majority of its members agreed his sentence should be commuted to life in prison without chance of parole because of omissions, missed opportunities and questionable decisions made by his previous attorneys and because that legal representation didn't meet expectations for a death penalty case.
Dissenting parole board members said it was clear Post killed Vantz and that questionable moves by his attorneys don't outweigh the circumstances of the case.
Separately, Post had argued in federal court that executing him would amount to cruel and unusual punishment. His attorneys said he would suffer "a torturous and lingering death" as executioners tried to find a vein or use a backup method where lethal drugs are injected directly into muscle.
Vantz's sons, William and Michael, have said they believe in Post's guilt. William Vantz characterized Post's obesity claim as "another way for a coward to try and get out of what debt he owes to society."
Post pleaded "no contest."
He wasn't a fat slob when he was incarcerated. Fellow prisoners say his weight gain is a plot to avoid the death penalty.
Post was married while in prison and is housed in a medical center (not a prison) at a cost of $250,000 per year to the taxpayers.
Now thanks to our twerp governor, we'll be paying that for years to come.
(They euthanize elephants and other large animals, don't they?)
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Because they couldn’t find a vein?
Shove that needle in his damn neck and be done with this piece of garbage.
Medical personal had no trouble finding a vein for a recent medical procedure.
I heard on TV tonight that the blimp wants the taxpayers to foot the bill for gastric bypass surgery.
I could plug this larda$$ myself.
I went to high school with this moron.
We knew he’d end up in prison.
He murdered Helen in Elyria. Is that where he’s from?
Murderers are just a bunch of cowards. If fatboy was a real man, he would have taken his punishment instead of whining, crying and wetting his pants. Coward!!!
And this is why killers know our justice system is garbage..they laugh their asses off because they know even if they commit a heinous crime they can be on death row for 20+ yrs before anything is done..living off of our taxpayer money, paying for their TV time, exercise time, and good food. I dont give a rats ass if they can’t find his vein, here’s an idea, take him to the town square and put a few bullets through his fat ass he’ll die..oh I forgot that’s “Inhumane” unfortunately his victim never got the chance to choose how she would die, this fat bastard made that choice for her
I grew up with John, attended Sunday School with him. From the time he was a little kid, he had the makings of a politician. Talked like one. Nice guy outside of politics, but I wouldn’t trust anything he says. Definitely not a conservative.
Mass murderer, Richard Speck, partied every day in prison.
Watch here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLXi2L_s8OY
The fun begins at 1:59.
I’d shove a 32 oz arsenic ememia up where the sun don’t shine.
And guess whose paying for it..WE ARE
I guess you do what you have to, when you’re in prison.
We still have Old Sparky down in Starke, FL.
Yes. I don't know anyone who knew him was surprised as he already had a history of violence. He deserved to be fried in the chair 30 years ago.
What the hell do they feed that piece of offal? Cheesecake every meal? How the hell do you gain weight in prison?
Put some rat poison in his next “portion”...forget about trying to find a vein.
No, he did not shoot anyone..
he did drive the getaway car..
the two shooters got life..
the car driver got death..
Recently I have really grown to respect John. Now he makes this stupid decision.
All that they have to do is give the killer a (fat boy) lethal injection and it’s over. After all, I’m sure he got a much greater ration of toilet paper than the other prisoners due to his eating habits. Now let him have his ration of poison too.