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Larry Flynt loses appeal for information on executions

March 13, 2018

FILE - In this April 30, 2011 file photo, Larry Flynt speaks in Los Angeles, Calif. A federal appeals court has ruled against Hustler magazine publisher Flynt in his bid for information on how Missouri executes prisoners. The court ruled Tuesday, March 13, 2018, to allow the state not to release information about the medical qualifications of some members of the Department of Correction's execution team. Flynt's interest began when the state was preparing to execute the man who shot and paralyzed him in 1978. The man was executed for another crime. (AP Photo/Katy Winn, file)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled against Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt in his bid for information on how Missouri executes prisoners.

The Kansas City Star reports that a panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday to uphold a lower court’s ruling in the case.

The upheld 2016 ruling allows the state not to release information about the medical qualifications of some members of the Missouri Department of Correction’s execution team.

Flynt’s interest in capital punishment in Missouri began when the state was preparing to execute the man who shot and paralyzed him in 1978.

The inmate, Joseph Paul Franklin, wasn’t prosecuted for shooting Flynt but admitted to the crime. He was executed in November 2013 for a killing in suburban St. Louis.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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