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Capital Punishment: Attorney General Wants Execution Dates For Two Men On Death Row

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Joseph Franklin.
Attorney General Chris Koster is calling on the Missouri State Supreme Court to set execution dates for two men on death row -- arguing that the state's supply of its lethal drug will soon expire, meaning further delays could prevent them from administering capital punishment altogether.

The men in question are Joseph Franklin, who was convicted in 1997 of killing Gerald Gordon in St. Louis, and Allen Nicklasson, who was found guilty in 1996 for killing Richard Drummond, a good samaritan who helped him out on the highway.

"For nearly a decade, the mere pendency of federal litigation has been used as an artificial hurdle, unauthorized by law or federal court order, to prevent the State from carrying out the death penalty," Koster says in a statement. "The Court's current position has allowed successive, limited supplies of propofol to reach their expiration dates. Unless the Court changes its current course, the legislature will soon be compelled to fund statutorily-authorized alternative methods of execution to carry out lawful judgments."

Franklin, a white supremacist and serial killer, was convicted a decade-and-a-half ago for murdering Gordon, who was standing in the parking lot of a St. Louis synagogue after a bar mitzvah. He was also convicted for the murder of two African-Americans in Utah, the murder of an interracial couple in Wisconsin and the bombing of a synagogue in Tennessee. Franklin also claimed responsibility for shooting Larry Flynt, the publisher of Hustler magazine, three decades earlier -- after he reportedly became enraged over photos of an interracial couple in the publication.

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Allen Nicklasson.

In Nickalsson's case, Drummond, the good samaritan, had offered him and two others a ride after their car broke down on I-70. Nickalsson reportedly pulled the trigger; Dennis Skillicorn, one of his accomplices, was executed in May 2009 for his role in the crime.

Koster's message today comes on the heels of a Supreme Court ruling last August that issued an order saying the attorney general's request for execution dates was premature "until questions on the use of propofol in executions are settled." (Propofol is the state's execution drug).

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Another mugshot of Joseph Franklin.

Koster's argument is that waiting until federal litigation is complete may prevent Missouri from moving forward with these executions, since the state's remaining supply of the drug will expire by next spring.

Missouri first asked the Court to set an execution date fo Franklin in June 2009, and for Nicklasson in January 2010.

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dese475
dese475

My daughter Mindy Griffin was raped and strangled not once but twice by Michael Worthington a stranger out on parole from Illinois who broke into her condo Sept. 30 1995.  He received a death penalty and has exhausted all his appeals and was even kind enough to leave his semen DNA plus confessed under oath in open court what he did to my Mindy and yet our fine State of Missouri doesn't see fit to execute him only house him in Potosi, bacause the new drug hasn't been tested on on Michael Jackson which he surely seemed to work well.  Our so called justice system in Missouri is broke because we have way too many bleeding hearts.  WHen you are quilty without a doubt the execution should be carried out swiftly.  He has lived 18 years longer then my 24 year old Mindy has who was a student at UMSL and worked two jobs to pay her way thru school, so I as her mother have no use for our broken system.  It is a shame that we cannot oust the Missouri SUpreme Court who is holding all these executions up by letting a lower court contest the drug.  I don't understand why we don't use the firing squad like Utah as it would be a lot less expensive and very swift.

Daniel Stout
Daniel Stout

There is only about one thing he should not have, freedom.

Blake Harris
Blake Harris

Daniel Stout you're an idiot, he definitely shouldn't get internet access, prison is supposed to be punishment, personally I say if there's no doubt their guilty then kill their asses back. Fucking bleeding heart liberals, maybe he had a bad childhood.. Hopefully you never help someone stranded on the side of the highway only to get a bullet for your troubles.

Clyde Rhoads
Clyde Rhoads

what is it that he probably shouldn't have?

Daniel Stout
Daniel Stout

He should get 3 square meals a day. He should have internet access. He should have outside privileges. He should have a comfortable room. He should have an education. And, yes, it should be paid for with my tax dollars. That is what a civilization does. There is one thing that he probably should not have. And it makes all the difference in the world. That thing is freedom. BTW, it is more expensive to put someone to death than it is to keep them in prison for life. Look it up. That is a fact.

Rick Blevens
Rick Blevens

Hang them... there is some rope in my shed.

Jay Wohlert
Jay Wohlert

Kill them. Make it a public spectacle. I'm all for it. People who say it wouldn't be a deterrent are just wrong. You kill you get killed. Easy.

Courtney Ringle
Courtney Ringle

Fine, then the support he gets, ie 3 square meals a day (better meals than the people Meals on wheels used to get (which of course had its funding cut) internet access, you can pay for. If someone killed my child, you bet your ass id want that jerk to die EXACTLY how he killed my child.. if you have the balls to kill a person, you should have the balls to endure the same punishment you doled out to an innocent person.

Floyd Brookman
Floyd Brookman

We kill people who kill people because killing people is wrong.

KITTY
KITTY

It costs Missouri $20,863.00 per inmate per year. Do the math on these two fuckers. One has been on death row 26 yrs and the other 27 yrs. That's $563,301.00 for 27 yrs. That is beyond outrageous. Harken back to the good old days when a death sentence was carried out in a matter of days or weeks at the most. Don't delay, execute them today!!!

Donna Marie
Donna Marie

Kill em' all, let God sort em out. And stop wasting our tax money on keeping these fools alive in jail.

KITTY
KITTY

If the drugs will exp;ire, don't waste any. Line up the fuckers and put a needle in their arms as fast as possible. The taxpayers have paid a fortune keeping their sorry asses alive for decades. Enough is enough. Carry out the sentences without further delay.

Kristy Haffer
Kristy Haffer

I have had a childhood friend raped and murdered. She had a very public case and he was sentenced to death! It still doesn't change my view. I won't support the death penalty!

Clyde Rhoads
Clyde Rhoads

so... for all of you sitting there saying you do not support murder or anyone, for any reason, i ask you this; you begin to witness the brutal attack on an individual from another. This person is being beaten to death, raped, or otherwise treated in a severely inhumane way. Your stance is to do nothing, and allow an individual to become a victim? What if this (victim) was your mother, child husband or wife? Your moral stance is to allow it to happen so that YOU dont have a guilty conscience of taking a persons life to save another? I know off topic, but i had to ask. Back on topic, these people are scum, who have killed before. Now some of you feel that they deserve to live? Some will say that they will live with the demons they created. These people have no conscience, no moral fiber. Offer nothing to the world. Im sure their families have condemned them and their actions. But some of you still think they should continue to live? There, is that subjective enough?

Daniel Stout
Daniel Stout

If attempting to quote scripture don't forget what Christ said as well.

Daniel Stout
Daniel Stout

No. It is not only cruel and unusual, it has been proven to not be a deterrent AND to not bring peace to the victims family. So, there is no good reason to have it.

Clyde Rhoads
Clyde Rhoads

ok, sorry... i do support the death penalty for capital crimes, is that better?

Lanie Dattilo
Lanie Dattilo

Why are these useless things alive? Anyone who does something that horrific isn't a real human being, you can't fix that kind of evil. Leeches on society.

David B Fowler
David B Fowler

Firing squad, hanging, French razor have all worked before.

Clyde Rhoads
Clyde Rhoads

i edited due to a type-o... nothing changed.

Patrik Coyne
Patrik Coyne

read the first post this guy had to edit LOL!!!

Kristy Haffer
Kristy Haffer

I do not support the murder of anything.......human or animal!!!!!

Clyde Rhoads
Clyde Rhoads

i support any punishment that fits the crime.

dese475
dese475

@Daniel Stout  It is more expensive because our system is broke and we allow these criminal defense attornies to take one tiny bit from a trial an use it for an appeal so if that doesn't work then they take another little piece.  The death penalty criminal defense lawyers are who are making all the money off the death penalty cases, so do away with them and fix our so call criminal justice system and you will save your tax dollars for children that haven't even food to eat.

dese475
dese475

@Kristy Haffer  Maybe you might feel differently if it were your child that you carried and brought into this world and then was raped and murdered.  There is no death like the loss of your child, so until you walk those shoes don't make such statements as you have no idea what it feels like.

dese475
dese475

@Daniel Stout My Bible states "  An eye for eye"  If you kill someone you should give your life.  What BIble do you read?

dese475
dese475

@Daniel Stout I am a victim and was a chaper leader for POMC which is a national support group and as I stand here it will bring peace to my family and me as I will not have to worry that Michael Worthington might murder a guard or another inmate in Potosi.  It has always been proven that if the death penalty is used in the way it was intended it is a deterrent.  Third world counties that do not allow murder like we do here in the US does not have the violent crime that we do because they don't throw them in prison for life they send them to their maker which is what this country needs to do.

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