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Colt Defense Bankrupt – Be Healthy to be Executed

Colt Defense Bankrupt – Be Healthy to be Executed

Iconic American gun-maker Colt Defense has filed for bankruptcy protection.

The company says in a statement that its Chapter 11 filing late Sunday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware will allow for a faster sale of business operations in the U.S. and Canada.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the filing was expected because Colt “failed to win the support of bondholders for a debt reshaping agreement.” It adds: “Colt plans to try to reduce its $355 million debt burden via a court-supervised auction of its business, to generate proceeds to repay some of its lenders.”

Colt says that Sciens Capital Management has proposed to buy “all of Colt’s assets and assume secured liabilities and all liabilities related to existing agreements with employees, customers, vendors, and trade creditors.”

Too fat to execute

Execution of 486-Pound Death Row Inmate ‘Simply Will Not Work,’ Attorneys Say
Attorneys for a 486-pound Ohio death row inmate claim that the execution procedure “simply will not work” on their client and will cause him a “torturous and lingering death.”

Ronald Post, 53, was sentenced to death in 1985 for the shooting death of Helen Vantz, a desk clerk at a motel in Elyria, Ohio.

“Given his unique physical and mental condition there is a substantial risk that any attempt to execute him will result in serious physical and psychological pain to him, as well as an execution involving a torturous and lingering death,” Post’s attorneys wrote in a federal court papers filed Friday.

Post is scheduled to be executed Jan. 16.

Post’s attorneys had Dr. David Lubarsky of Miami, Fla., analyze Post and he wrote a six-page declaration about all of the problems with Post’s impending execution.

“Mr. Post is not asking for a stay because he’s too obese. Rather, Dr. David Lubarsky reviewed Ronald Post’s medical records and Ohio’s execution protocol and determined that it simply will not work on Mr. Post,” Post’s attorneys Joseph Wilhelm and Rachel Troutman wrote in a statement to

“If it kills him at all, it could take up to 16 hours,” they wrote. “Ohio’s statute requires a quick and painless lethal injection, and the potential 200+ needle sticks and up to 16 hours that Dr. Lubarsky predicted is not quick and painless.”

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