Author Topic: First Amendment court battle: Media companies support Larry Flynt in fight over Missouri execution records  (Read 342 times)

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Flynt has no right to this information.  There are times the government, be it local, state, or federal need to keep things secret.

And I hate to say it, too bad Franklin was such a bad shot.
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Flynt has no right to this information.  There are times the government, be it local, state, or federal need to keep things secret.

And I hate to say it, too bad Franklin was such a bad shot.

why not?  the presumption should be that all information in the government's possession is accessible by the public unless a good reason can be articulated that falls within fairly robust rules.

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why not?  the presumption should be that all information in the government's possession is accessible by the public unless a good reason can be articulated that falls within fairly robust rules.

If the person's name is released, he will be harassed and threatened (or worse) by the anti-death penalty groups.

The pharmacy here in Texas that supplied the previous batch of the drug used for execution refused to do so again after the media published his name and he was threatened.

Now they're trying to get the name of the new supplier, knowing the same thing will happen.  Abbott is fighting it in court.
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I say it should be private why should a doctor be outed only to be harassed for doing his job because it sure looks like that is what Larry Flynt is wanting to do with the information. I agree with my state that this should be private information. Not everything needs to be out there for everyone to see.  I imagine it would be hard to hire anyone to do that job if they knew it could get them harassed and maybe even stalked by idiots like Larry Flynt.

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If the person's name is released, he will be harassed and threatened (or worse) by the anti-death penalty groups.

The pharmacy here in Texas that supplied the previous batch of the drug used for execution refused to do so again after the media published his name and he was threatened.

Now they're trying to get the name of the new supplier, knowing the same thing will happen.  Abbott is fighting it in court.

He's asking to see sealed documents, he isn't asking for the name to be broadcast far and wide.  As far as being harrassed goes - comes with the territory; if he can't deal with it, he'd better get out of the kitchen.

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[[ He's asking to see sealed documents, he isn't asking for the name to be broadcast far and wide. ]]

What is Larry Flynt's business?

C'mon.....

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[[ He's asking to see sealed documents, he isn't asking for the name to be broadcast far and wide. ]]

What is Larry Flynt's business?

C'mon.....

unwarranted assumption; also irrelevant inasmuch as that is absolutely no basis for the government to keep information secret.


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