Magazine article The Quill

Judge: Media, Witnesses May View Entire Execution

Magazine article The Quill

Judge: Media, Witnesses May View Entire Execution

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Reporters and witnesses may view executions in their entirety, a federal judge ruled on July 26, overturning California's prison policy of allowing people to watch lethal injections only after the chemicals began flowing.

News organizations filed suit in 1996, challenging the state's policy of keeping a curtain drawn in the death chamber while the prisoner is led in and strapped down and needles and tubes are inserted.

Media groups, including SPJ and the California First Amendment Coalition, claimed those procedures are part of the execution process that should be visible to witnesses and argued that the state was effectively preventing the public from learning what happens in an execution.

"Our position is, if there is a purpose to witnessing executions, it is to see the manner of the execution, to see how the execution was administered," said Terry Francke, the First Amendment Coalition's executive director. …

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