Missouri Executes Joseph Franklin After Appeals Fail

The State of Missouri this week executed Joseph Franklin, convicted of murdering Gerald Gordon in 1977 outside a synagogue in the St. Louis suburbs as he was attending a bar mitzvah. The state resorted to injecting Franklin with pentobarbital, a drug compounded by a non-disclosed pharmacy.

The MCC had asked Governor Nixon to grant Franklin clemency based upon evidence of his severe mental illness, and because of the untested and secret nature of the method of his execution. A district court in St. Louis initially granted a stay of the execution, but the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned that ruling. An appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court on Franklin’s behalf was denied.


Posted: November 22, 2013

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