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Sunday 20 April 2014

Flynt files motion over execution

A legal document filed on Larry Flynt's behalf argues that Missouri's execution process is too secretive

US serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin is getting support from an unlikely source: Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt, who was paralysed by a bullet apparently fired by Franklin 35 years ago.

Franklin is set for execution on November 20 in the state of Missouri for a 1977 murder. But he has claimed responsibility for killing more than 20 people.

He admitted shooting Flynt in 1978 but was never charged.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a court motion on Saturday on Flynt's behalf, arguing that Missouri's execution process is too secretive and demanding more information be made public.

Flynt recently wrote a column in the Hollywood Reporter, saying execution was vengeance, not justice.

Franklin has been convicted in five murders. He was given the death penalty for killing Gerald Gordon outside a St. Louis-area synagogue in 1977.

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