Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler Magazine, is joining an effort to stop Missouri from executing Joseph Paul Franklin, who shot and paralyzed him in 1978, for another crime, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Franklin, 63, is set to die Nov. 20 for a 1977 sniper killing outside a synagogue. Franklin has confessed to eight murders and the nonfatal shootings of Flynt and civil rights leader Vernon Jordan, and is suspected in eight other killings.
Flynt, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit in federal court in Kansas City, invoking a First Amendment right to view sealed documents that might identify an anesthesiologist on the execution team. Flynt argues that he has an interest because of his attack by Franklin, a white supremacist upset that Hustler published pornographic images of an interracial couple. Flynt says that while the Missouri Department of Corrections says its doctor is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology, that organization's rules say a member “should not participate in an execution.”