A U.S. Appeals Court has ruled that publisher Larry Flynt can intervene in a case regarding Missouri’s execution protocol. Flynt wants court records regarding executions unsealed.
Flynt was shot and paralyzed in 1978 by Joseph Franklin, who was executed by Missouri in November, 2013. Flynt sought to stop that execution because he wanted Franklin to spend the rest of his life in prison.
That same month the ACLU filed a motion on Flynt’s behalf seeking information about the state’s execution protocol. A district court blocked the motion saying Flynt did not have standing to intervene. The federal court ruling today finds that he does and sends the case back to the lower court.