Flynt Doesn't Want Guy Who Paralyzed Him Executed
There's no proof death penalty is a deterrent, he writes in column
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2013 3:34 PM CDT
Hustler magazine magnate Larry Flynt speaks during a news conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., Wednesday, July 11, 2007.   (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

(Newser) – Joseph Paul Franklin is set to be executed next month for a series of murders. Franklin also shot and paralyzed Hustler publisher Larry Flynt in 1978—but Flynt doesn't want him executed, he reveals today in a guest column for the Hollywood Reporter. "Supporters of capital punishment argue that it is a deterrent which prevents potential murderers from committing future crimes, but research has failed to provide a shred of valid scientific proof to that effect whatsoever," Flynt writes.

In addition, execution costs taxpayers more than a life sentence does—and in Flynt's opinion, a life spent in prison is the more severe of the two sentences anyway. "As I see it, the sole motivating factor behind the death penalty is vengeance, not justice, and I firmly believe that a government that forbids killing among its citizens should not be in the business of killing people itself," Flynt concludes. Click for his full column.