Larry Flynt Against Death Penalty For His Shooter
Hustler magazine founder Larry Flynt has spoken out against the impending execution of the man who shot him.
The 71-year-old porn publisher, who was paralysed from the waist down in the 1978 attack and has been confined to a wheelchair ever since, said he wanted Joseph Paul Franklin to suffer but not die.
"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," he wrote in a guest column for Hollywood Reporter.
"But, I do not want to kill him, nor do I want to see him die."
Franklin, 63, a self-confessed white supremacist who admitted being a member of the Ku Klux Klan and once changed his name to match that of the infamous Nazi minister Joseph Goebbels, was initially apprehended in 1980 for the fatal shooting of an interracial couple.
However, he later confessed to further crimes, including the killing of noted civil rights activist Vernon Jordan Jr and the bombing of multiple synagogues.
He said he had shot Flynt because he disliked a Hustler photo spread featuring a white woman and a black man.
In the verdict handed down by the Missouri State Supreme Court last year, the serial killer received six life sentences and is scheduled to be executed on November 20.
Flynt was on trial over charges of obscenity when he was shot on the steps of a courthouse in Georgia and has never met his shooter.
He wrote that although he should be happy at the outcome, he was not, adding that Franklin's execution would be about vengeance and not justice, deterrence or cost.
He said that outlawing pick-pocketing on pain of death had not worked in 18th century England because the crowds who flocked to witness the public execution of criminals were targets for thieves themselves.
Flynt, whose story was chronicled in the film The People vs Larry Flynt, added that life imprisonment is not only more severe, it solves the ethical conundrum of judicial killings.
"A life spent in a three-by-six-foot cell is far harsher than the quick release of a lethal injection," he said.
"And (the) costs to the taxpayer? Execution has been proven to be far more expensive for the state than a conviction of life without parole."