Ohio inmate appeals judge's obesity claim denial

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A condemned Ohio killer trying to delay his execution because of his extreme weight is appealing the ruling of a judge who denied his claim.

Death row inmate Ronald Post weighs more than 400 pounds and is asking the courts to stop his January execution on the grounds his weight could cause him to suffer severe pain during the procedure.

Post asked a federal appeals court in Cincinnati on Monday to overrule a judge's ruling last month.

Cleveland federal Judge Lesley Wells said Post is prohibited from challenging his execution by injection because he raised similar claims in his first set of federal appeals in 1997. Wells says Post hasn't shown that either his medical condition or Ohio's lethal injection procedures has changed radically since then.

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