Too fat to fry (Well, technically, to be drugged to death)

From the Too Weird Not to Be True files: Richard Cooey, aged forty-one years, a death-row in-mate in Ohio, argues that “he’s too fat to be put to death, claiming that executioners would have trouble finding his veins and that his weight could diminish the effectiveness of one of the lethal injection drugs.”

I’ll steer clear of the moral question that surround capital punishment; I just want to know where society went so awry that, while people here, and abroad, particularly in Africa, go with-out food, Cooey “had poor veins when he faced execution five years ago and the problem has been worsened by weight gain.” This absolutely baffles me. I realize, and appreciate, that the Eight Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the infliction of cruel and unusual punishment (Whether the includes capital punishment, I shall not, here contemplate.), so, of course, starvation is, as it ought to be, out of the question. How-ever, need we really to be feeding rapist-murderers enough, on the tax-payers’ tab, that they can this sort of weight?

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