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FROM BLOOMBERG TV: Larry Flynt vs. The Death Penalty

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Larry Flynt Publications President Larry Flynt discusses why he is against capital punishment, what he wants to be remembered for and what he thinks of Edward Snowden. He speaks with Stephanie Ruhle on Bloomberg Television’s “Taking Stock.”

FROM THE GUARDIAN: Larry Flynt urges clemency for Joseph Paul Franklin, the killer who shot him

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Pornographer and civil liberties advocate calls for neo-Nazi to be spared, saying death penalty is ‘not justice but vengeance’

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Larry Flynt: ‘This nation is bent on executing people and it’s hard to get
people who feel that way to be rational.’ Photograph: Dan Tuffs/Getty Images

By the brutal norms of American capital punishment, few recipients of a lethal injection will trouble consciences less deeply than Joseph Paul Franklin.

In a spree of racially motivated violence across the US in the late 1970s, the Ku Klux Klan-affiliated gunman murdered as many as 20 people on a mission to “cleanse the world” of those he considered to be of inferior status.

But if Franklin is strapped down to receive the fatal shot of drugs on 20 November, in conformity with the Missouri Department of Corrections’ schedule, at least one of his surviving targets won’t be raising a glass in celebration.

“If it was a deterrent, I’d support the death penalty, but it’s not,” Larry Flynt, the notorious pornographer and civil liberties campaigner who was paralysed by a bullet from Franklin’s hunting rifle, told the Observer last week.

Flynt first expressed his views on the death penalty and the sentence of his attacker in the movie-industry trade journal Hollywood Reporter last week.

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FROM INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES: Larry Flynt: Hustler Magazine Publisher Says The Man Who Shot And Paralyzed Him Shouldn’t Be Executed

Thursday, October 17th, 2013


Larry Flynt doesn’t want the man who shot and paralyzed him to be executed. REUTERS

Hustler publisher Larry Flynt doesn’t want the man who shot and permanently paralyzed him to be executed. Joseph Paul Franklin has been sentenced by the Missouri Supreme Court to death by lethal injection on Nov. 20, and Flynt has writes about it in a guest column for the Hollywood Reporter.

“I have every reason to be overjoyed with this decision, but I am not,” Flynt states. “I have had many years in this wheelchair to think about this very topic. As I see it, the sole motivating factor behind the death penalty is vengeance, not justice, and I firmly believe that a government that forbids killing among its citizens should not be in the business of killing people itself.”

Flynt was shot by Franklin on March 6, 1978, outside a Georgia courthouse as the Hustler publisher battled obscenity charges related to his magazine. The incident left Flynt permanently paralyzed from the waist down. He’s been in a wheelchair ever since.

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