Over the years there have been arguments for and against the death penalty. I’ve read about dozens of arguments, from the fact that the death penalty is primarily used against Blacks and minorities to the inhumanity of state sponsored murder. Still I believe that in some cases it is justified.
One such case is the recent death of Richard Cooey. He was responsible for the rape and murder of 2 young women, Wendy Offredo and Dawn McCreery. Both of these women went to the University of Akron. The murders occurred in 1986.
Cooey was convicted and sentenced to death. In 2003 he had his death stayed as appeals were ongoing. That gave him an extra 5 years of life. That is 5 more than he deserved, in my opinion.
But because Cooey gained 75 pounds while he was in prison he tried to yet again have his life saved. His argument was that he was too fat to be killed. And it was considered.
Thankfully this idiocy failed to gain any strength and the judges did not except this feeble excuse. Because I see no problem with his weight. Had Cooey weighed 500 pounds I still would have said he should be killed.
The key here is that because of his obesity Cooey believed he was too heavy to kill with lethal injection. It would be too inhumane to kill him if his veins could not be found. Bollocks.
The reason he was overweight was that he gained 75 pounds while he was in prison. The extended time he was allowed to live gave him the chance to fatten up off of meals. Every bit of food he ate was paid for by taxpayers, and was another moment and morsel more than either Offerdo and McCreery were able to enjoy.
I have no problem with a rapist and murderer being poked and prodded, for hours if need be, until a suitable vein can be found. In fact if they couldn’t find one in his arm, I would have suggested they use his penis.
Even at the execution Cooey had no remorse. His last words were
That kind of abominable waste of DNA didn’t deserve the pity or time he was able to receive. It’s that kind of crime, and criminal, that makes sense to have a death penalty. And I can only hope that in the future similar criminals never get out of their sentences with some idiotic defense as the one Cooey tried to pull off.