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Breaking the scales of justice?

Before the story of Ronald Post veers into “odd news” territory, here are the sobering facts: Post was convicted in 1985 of murdering a hotel desk clerk two years earlier and sentenced to death. He is scheduled to die in January.

But his lawyers have argued that the 6-foot-3-inch, 480-lb. Post should not be executed because he is “morbidly obese.” They argued in a federal court filing late last week that Post’s weight and poor veins “have a substantial likelihood of causing severe complications with attempts at an intravenous execution,” meaning his death could be considered cruel and unusual punishment.

Post’s lawyers say their client wants to lose weight and has even been denied gastric bypass surgery by prison officials. Post’s attempts to keep weight off have been thwarted by back and knee problems, the lawyers said, and he had been using an exercise bike “until it broke under his weight.”

I started reading a related story that included some details about failed attempts of inserting IVs into large inmates but I got woozy halfway through.

All of this leads me to one question: If Post’s appeal is denied and his execution goes on as planned, what will he choose for his last meal?