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Federal judge grants stay of execution for serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin

ST. LOUIS, Missouri (CNN) - A federal court has granted a stay of execution for white supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin, hours before he was scheduled to die by lethal injection in Missouri.
ST. LOUIS, Missouri (CNN) - A federal court has granted a stay of execution for white supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin, hours before he was scheduled to die by lethal injection in Missouri.

Franklin is on Death Row for the 1977 murder of Gerald Gordon outside a synagogue in St. Louis. He is blamed for killing 22 people between 1977 and 1980 in a bid to start a race war, as well as the attempted assassination of Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt in 1978.

He is challenging Missouri's decision to use the drug phenobarbital in its lethal injection protocol, arguing that it would violate the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey granted a stay, finding Franklin "has been afforded no time to research the risk of pain associated with the department's new protocol."
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