Current Event Cat of the Day: U.S. Serial Killer Now Killed

Current Event Cat - Serial Killer

U.S serial killer and noted white supremacist, Joseph Paul Franklin, was granted a stay of execution amid legal challenges over the use of a new drug in the execution process.

The 63 year-old serial killer was scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for the sniper style murder of 42-year-old Gerald Gordon outside a suburban St. Louis synagogue in 1977. Franklin committed a number of murders, mainly targeting blacks and Jews in a cross-country killing spree that lasted from 1977 to 1980 – but Gordon’s was the only murder that resulted in the death penalty.  Other notable incidents include shooting and wounding civil rights leader Vernon Jordan and Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt, who has been paralyzed from the waist down ever since the 1978 attack. Apparently Franklin was angry at Flint after seeing a mixed-race couple in one of his magazines.

“I saw that interracial couple he had, photographed there, having sex,” Franklin said in a pre-execution interview. “It just made me sick. I think whites marry with whites, blacks with blacks, Indians with Indians. Orientals with orientals. I threw the magazine down and thought, I’m gonna kill that guy.”

Sounds like a reasonable reaction…

Anyways, everyone in Missouri really wanted Franklin dead (except Larry Flynt who opposes the death penalty), but hours before his scheduled execution a federal court granted a stay of execution on the basis that Missouri’s decision to use the drug pentobarbital to inject the serial killer violates the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Franklin’s lawyers successfully argued that the drug, which came from a pharmacy not regulated by the FDA, carried “a high risk of contamination and prolonged, unnecessary pain beyond that which is required to achieve death.” Perhaps, but if there’s anyone who should have a painful death, it’s the guy who shot a college student to death because she once dated a Jamaican man.

The state is appealing the stay and if the court rules within 24 hours against the stay, Franklin could still be put to death on Wednesday. Otherwise they’re going to have to find some new lethal injection ingredients – which might be difficult considering European drug manufacturers are cutting off supplies of the regular execution drug, propofol, in an effort to distance themselves from the death penalty and American prisons.

UPDATE: He was killed. The US Supreme Court upheld an appeal court’s decision to lift a stay of execution and they totally executed him.

Via: BBC News

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