Hustler Founder Larry Flynt to Missouri: Don't Execute Joseph Franklin

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Larry Flynt
Larry Flynt hasn't forgiven Joseph Franklin, the serial-killing white supremacist who 35 years ago shot and paralyzed Flynt on the steps of Georgia courthouse after Hustler ran a photo spread of an interracial couple.

Franklin is set to be executed on November 20 for a laundry list of horrific killings, not to mention a handful of bank robberies and bombed synagogues.

But Flynt doesn't want Franklin dead.

In a guest column published Thursday in The Hollywood Reporter, the porno patriarch argued that keeping Franklin locked up for life was punishment enough.

See also: Joseph Franklin, Serial Killer Who Shot Larry Flynt, Gets Execution Date in Missouri

Here are a few excerpts:

Franklin has been sentenced by the Missouri Supreme Court to death by legal injection on Nov. 20. I have every reason to be overjoyed with this decision, but I am not. 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.

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Joseph Franklin

Now, none of this should be interpreted as a sign that Flynt has gone soft in his old age, as evidenced in this passage:

In all the years since the shooting, I have never come face-to-face with Franklin. I would love an hour in a room with him and a pair of wire-cutters and pliers, so I could inflict the same damage on him that he inflicted on me. But, I do not want to kill him, nor do I want to see him die.

You can read Flynt's column in its entirety here.

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Rosalind Early
Rosalind Early

We still haven't killed that guy? Get on that Missouri.

Meester Sicko
Meester Sicko

I don't want the State administering vengeance in my name. Give the victims 5 minutes of unmonitored "quality time" with the convicted felon. It's quick, cuts through all the hypocrisy, and it's cheap. Everybody (except the criminal) will be happy.

Gurf J. McGurf
Gurf J. McGurf

Wow. Even people who love porn, sex and drugs are more forgiving than a christian? *badum ching* Because christians love all those things as well!

Casey McBroom
Casey McBroom

Ya know, I would be against the death penalty, but they got it too g.d. good in prison, and costly (should be about 2-6 thousand per inmate). If prison were a torturous place with no luxury what-so-ever.... Well, I'd totally agree with Mr. Flynt... Because, death is escape from everything: happiness, sadness, hate, etc. Death is the end of everything. So, given the current circumstances -- please kill this 30,000 dollar a year plus cost to the rest of us... He's of no value to anyone, or anything.

Tim Johnson
Tim Johnson

He's all for vengeful torture, just not the death penalty.

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