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Too fat for lethal injection, Home seized over parking ticket

A death row inmate at an Ohio jail has filed a lawsuit claiming he is too fat to be executed.

A death row inmate at an Ohio jail has filed a lawsuit claiming he is too fat to be executed. Richard Cooey, 41, is scheduled to die for the 1986 rape and murder of two women. But the 267-pound Cooey says that his bulk makes his veins difficult to find, which could lessen the effect of the anesthetic administered prior to lethal injection. “All of the experts agree,” said public defender Kelly Schneider. “If the first drug doesn’t work, the execution is going to be excruciating.”

A Milwaukee man has had his house seized by the city over an unpaid $50 parking ticket. Peter Tubic, 62, concedes he is at fault for not paying the 2004 ticket—which late fees swelled to $2,600. Nevertheless, says Tubic, the city overreacted by seizing his $245,000 home. Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Richard Sankovitz disagreed, ruling that “the city was entitled to a judgment” because “there hadn’t been an answer to the complaint.”

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