Posted by | December 17, 2012 14:59 | Filed under: Top Stories

Governor John Kasich’s clemency for Ronald Post appears to be because of poor representation, not because of his size.

Post, who weighs 450 pounds, never raised the issue of his size with the board. And Kaisch, who commuted Post’s sentence to life with no chance of parole, didn’t mention Post’s obesity claim in his statement.

The governor said all criminal defendants, regardless of the heinousness of the crimes, deserve an adequate defense.

“This decision should not be viewed by anyone as diminishing this awful crime or the pain it has caused,” Kasich said.

In its Friday decision, the parole board rejected arguments made by Post’s attorneys that he deserves mercy because of lingering doubts about his “legal and moral guilt” in a woman’s death, but it said it couldn’t ignore perceived missteps by his lawyers.

Post was scheduled to die Jan. 16 for killing Elyria motel clerk Helen Vantz in a 1983 robbery.

By: Alan

Alan Colmes is the publisher of Liberaland.