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Joseph Franklin Executed: Last-Minute Efforts to Halt Execution Overturned by Supreme Court

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Joseph Franklin
Joseph Paul Franklin -- a former white supremacist sentenced to death in Missouri for killing a man at a suburban St. Louis synagogue in 1977 -- was executed early Wednesday morning after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned two stays of execution from two separate Missouri judges.

Updated at 7:35 a.m. with confirmation of Franklin's execution.
Updated at 9:10 p.m. with second stay of execution.

Two federal judges separately stopped the execution late Tuesday night in an effort to give him time to challenge Missouri's execution order and protocol in court.

The supreme court upheld a federal appeals court ruling overturning the stays of execution without comment, according to the Associated Press.

Franklin was scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday morning (Tuesday night), but the legal maneuvering delayed the execution by six hours.

Franklin was pronounced dead at 6:17 a.m. Wednesday morning. It took five grams of pentobarbital just ten minutes to stop his breathing, according to the Associated Press.

Governor Jay Nixon denied clemency to Franklin, calling his crimes "cowardly and calculated." The Missouri Supreme Court also denied Franklin's appeals.

In a surprise move, U.S. District Court Judge Nanette Laughrey granted a stay of execution late Tuesday afternoon to give him time to resolve his lawsuit claiming Missouri's new execution protocol is cruel and unusual punishment.

Read more about Laughrey's effort to stay Franklin's execution after the jump.

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29 comments
Gurf J. McGurf
Gurf J. McGurf

You're right, we don't do any of that. Sorry, my apologies. I will shut my mouth and continue moving in line. Bahhhh.

Paul Burrows
Paul Burrows

Let's just go back to hanging. Its a simple rope...it's over in a snap.

Tom Parker
Tom Parker

ya ask me this mofo looks like hitlers great grandson!

Umar Lee
Umar Lee

I dont like the injection anyway. Shooting, beheading or hanging much better.

Harrison Elfrink
Harrison Elfrink

Or inject it with juices (I think he's getting the injection)

Umar Lee
Umar Lee

Fry this turkey before thanksgiving

Gurf J. McGurf
Gurf J. McGurf

People should really try and understand the death penalty. We have throughout our history as a nation decided that certain acts are reprehensible, one of which being murder. We are somehow ok with soldiers spraying bullets, and drones dropping bombs on innocent families. Roughly 50% of us are ok with ripping babies out of uteri. We are ok with committing the same act on one human that he/she committed on another. In fact we pay for all of these. At least admit how hypocritical you are.

Doug Henke
Doug Henke

He's got a Hitler thing going on in this mugshot.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

if you like your death sentence, you can keep it.

Stephen Proctor
Stephen Proctor

Don't give him an injection. Give him a bullet. If he thought that was good enough for his victims certainty he should agree its good enough for him.

Doreen Redmon-Priestley
Doreen Redmon-Priestley

Over the course of 36 years, given the average cost, we have spent roughly $1.5m keeping this piece of shit alive. Cruel and unusual? Get on with it.

John Grady
John Grady

I am against the death penalty and think it should be life in real prison with hard labour and vitamin supplements with bread and water. With that said to allow an animal to say his death would be inhumane by using this drug is utter BS and the judge allowing it is doing a grave injustice to the tax payer and the victims families. Did the victims get an appeal in their sentence? Was their death carried out humanely? This just goes to prove the death penalty is a mockery and it is cheaper and better to lock these animals away in a hole and forget about them.

Brandon Bedore
Brandon Bedore

The court system in this country is so full of shit

Lynn Pevey
Lynn Pevey

His victims didn't get a chance to appeal their deaths or sue for cruel & unusual punishment...so why is he allowed to??

Twana Wangler
Twana Wangler

Spend a minute with this disgrace if a human and you will know he is nothing but a propaganda spouting worthless piece of crap. He is proud he killed all of those defenseless men, women AND children. People do not realize what this kind of press does inside of the DOC. There will be all kinds of racial tension, more so than normal.

Derek Qualls
Derek Qualls

Sounds like the federal judge is a hug a thug

Andrew Cardwell
Andrew Cardwell

A bullet to the motherfuckin' head would be more than humane enough.....

Danny Stevens
Danny Stevens

This guy has been on death row since 77. WTF is wrong with this fkn dumb ass judge?

Rhonda Whelan
Rhonda Whelan

Is it just me, or does his mug shot make him resemble Hitler? (Hitler without his mustache)

Gurf J. McGurf
Gurf J. McGurf

Just how much of a hard on does Jay get from watching people die?

Karl Brockfeld
Karl Brockfeld

ok is it just me or does this douche bag look like Hitler?

KITTY
KITTY

@John Grady  The grave injustice to us taxpayers is that we kept this monster alive on death row for 36 years at a cost of $726K. What a fucking waste of our money!

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