New York: Low on Fat Men


Eric Kenley's robbery conviction was overturned today when New York's Appellate Division concluded that the decoys placed alongside him in a police lineup were insufficiently enormous. (His stats: six-foot-four, 400 pounds.) According to the ruling, "Although the fillers were large men, there was a very noticeable weight difference between defendant and the fillers." However, they added:

"We do not mean to suggest that the police are obligated to find grossly overweight fillers when dealing with situation presented here, and we recognize the practical difficulties that would be involved in doing so."

So, did the obesity epidemic go ahead and solve itself, or are the cops just wary of calling a bunch of guys of Kenley's magnitude "fillers"?

Lack of 400-pounders in lineup gets large man's conviction overturned [NYP]