Skip to comments.Cult leader says he's too obese for execution
Posted on 10/19/2006 11:57:00 AM PDT by rattrap
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A federal judge on Tuesday delayed next week's execution of cult leader Jeffrey Lundgren to allow him to join a lawsuit by five other death row inmates challenging the state's use of lethal injection.
In his request to join the lawsuit, Lundgren, 56, said he is at even greater risk of experiencing pain and suffering during the procedure than other inmates because he is overweight and diabetic.
Similar lawsuits filed in several states have led to the halting of executions in Missouri, Delaware and New Jersey.
Opponents have argued that the use of the lethal injection is unconstitutionally cruel and painful and that the procedure is often carried out without specifically trained medical personnel present.
But Ohio's method of lethal injection came under national scrutiny by death penalty opponents in May after problems slowed the execution of another inmate who was a former intravenous drug user and the vein the execution team chose collapsed as the chemicals started flowing.
While Judge Gregory Frost issued an order temporarily delaying Lundgren's execution, he said it appears to him that potential flaws with Ohio's execution process could easily be corrected.
"Thus, any delay in carrying out Lundgren's execution should and can be minimal," Frost said.
State Attorney General Jim Petro will appeal the ruling to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, said spokesman Mark Anthony.
Lundgren's sentence stems from a conviction for the fatal shooting of a family of five in 1989. The family, which included three children, were killed while they stood in a pit dug inside his barn in northeast Ohio.
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I wonder if he'll order a Diet Coke for his last meal?
Yet, yet, he wasn't too fat to commit multiple murder.
I know it's not the official way, but he's too overweight for a bullet in the back of the head?
The key here--requiring medical personnel would outlaw lethal injection by fiat, as the AMA forbids its members from actively participating in capital punishment.
too fat for a 9mm at the base of the skull?
Squish him with a bulldozer, he will no longer be as fat.
Throw 50 pounds of food in his cell everyday and he will be dead soon enough.
Take him for an airplane ride ... shove his fat arse out the door at around 20kft ... without a parachute.
give me the gun..i'll shoot him
They could hang him and not have to worry about if he weighed enough for his neck to break.
Fine, starve him to death then. I hear that's not painful.
Heck, I'm trained to put a bullet into the sumbitch properly. Lots of people are. One backhoe and a .45 and you could fill it in afterwards and still get the backhoe back to the rental agency within the hour and get the whole deposit back. Works for me.
Go to Columbus and ask for a job in their government. They need folks like you. :-D
Starve him first.
When you hang the real serious tubs-o-lard, their heads pop off. It's kinda gross ...
I want my babyback, babyback, babyback ribs......baby..the other other white meat. Shoot the Fatbastard.
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