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Serial killer accused of shooting Hustler magazine's Larry Flynt gets support from Flynt

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2007 file photo, Hustler magazine founder Larry Flynt arrives at the premiere of the documentary 'Larry Flynt: The Right to be Left Alone' at The Paley Center for Media in New York. (AP Photo/Gary He, File)

ST. LOUIS – Serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin is getting support from an unlikely source: Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt, who was paralyzed by a bullet apparently fired by Franklin 35 years ago.

Franklin is set for execution Nov. 20 in Missouri for a 1977 murder. But he’s claimed responsibility for killing more than 20 people. He admitted shooting Flynt in 1978 but was never charged.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a court motion Saturday on Flynt’s behalf, arguing that Missouri’s execution process is too secretive and demanding more information be made public.

Flynt recently wrote a column in the Hollywood Reporter, saying execution was vengeance, not justice.

Franklin has been convicted in five murders. He was given the death penalty for killing Gerald Gordon outside a St. Louis-area synagogue in 1977.