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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Missouri close to resuming executions?


Ach, missed this from the other day: The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a challenge to Missouri's death-penalty policies. The attorney general, Chris Koster, is viewing this as a green light to resume executions, though a defense attorney says they've got another case in the hopper and, thus, nobody should be killed just yet. The AG already says he's going to request an execution date for Joseph Paul Franklin.

You might remember Franklin; he's kind of a piece of work. From an old CSKC post ...

This isn't his birth name, by the way. James Clayton Vaughn renamed himself after Joseph Paul Goebbels and Benjamin Franklin. (Two figures who naturally go together, right?) He is, as you might have guessed, a white supremacist known for targeting blacks, Jews and mixed-race couples.

He's confessed to trying (unsuccessfully) murder Larry Flynt and Vernon Jordan, though was never convicted. He's on Missouri's Death Row for killing a man outside a bar mitzvah in St. Louis.


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