Larry Flynt has been in the press lately for something a bit more grim than freedom of speech or porn. The 71-year-old media tycoon has been speaking out about the death penalty in America and his opposition to it; the impetus was the scheduled execution of Joseph Paul Franklin, the man who shot Flynt back in 1978, paralyzing him from the waist down. He had attempted to kill Flynt that day, but Flynt lived—although he has now spent as much of his life in a wheelchair as he did walking.
Joseph Paul Franklin is unblinking and empty as he talks about his victims.
Do you know how many people you murdered? “I’d rather not mention it,” he says flatly.
By my count, it’s 22 people. “That’s approximately it.”
Larry Flynt is not one to shy away from speaking his mind. As the publisher of the adult magazine Hustler, he’s long been a polarizing figure. He’s been in and out of court for decades, fighting for the right to publish freely.
From The Times of Israel
Porn publisher Larry Flynt says he doesn’t want to see the serial killer whose gunshots left him paralyzed 35 years ago put to death for his crimes.
From The Times
Larry Flynt, the US porn mogul, has made an impassioned plea to spare the life of the man who left him wheelchair bound.
From International Business Times
Hustler publisher Larry Flynt doesn’t want the man who shot and permanently paralyzed him to be executed. Joseph Paul Franklin has been sentenced by the Missouri Supreme Court to death by lethal injection on Nov. 20, and Flynt has writes about it in a guest column for the Hollywood Reporter.