Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is tired of Joseph Paul Franklin, the white supremacist and serial killer who
claimed responsibility for shooting Hustler publisher Larry
Flynt, breathing his state's air.
Koster wants the Missouri Supreme Court to set an execution date for
Franklin now that the U.S. Supreme Court has kicked out Clemons
"Today's decision clears up any lingering ambiguities related to the
constitutionality of Missouri's death penalty protocols," Koster said today in
a statement. "Legal hurdles have held the imposition of justice in
Missouri in abeyance for 12 months. With today's ruling, these hurdles
have been set aside."
Franklin is on death row in Missouri for shooting
and killing Gerald
Gordon and injuring two others in the parking lot of a St. Louis-area synagogue after a bar
mitzvah. Franklin also has copped to a litany of other shootings and killings, mostly racially motivated. He was convicted of killing
African-Americans in Utah and an interracial couple in Wisconsin. He also
fire-bombed a synagogue in Tennessee.
Franklin also has claimed he's the one who shot and paralyzed Flynt on March 6, 1978. His motivation: Hustler
published an interracial photo spread. Franklin has never been tried
for that shooting.