Friday, January 5, 1996

EXECUTION WITNESSES

The following relates to the selection of media representatives to witness the execution of William Kirkpatrick scheduled for January 26, 1996 at San Quentin State Prison:

The newspaper selection criteria specify a media witness position for the daily newspaper of record with the largest circulation in the county where the crime occurred (i.e. Los Angeles) as well as the largest newspapers in the metropolitan areas of San Diego, San Francisco Bay, and Sacramento.

Those newspapers are the: Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, and Sacramento Bee. Two positions were chosen at random today from California daily newspapers of record with 100,000 circulation and above. The newspapers drawn are the Los Angeles Daily News and the Oakland Tribune.

Associated Press and United Press International also were selected to send a representative.

The Radio Television News Director's Association of Northern California (RTNDA) and the Radio Television News Association in Southern California (RTNA) have agreed to work together in the selection of broadcasters to witnesses to the execution.

There are positions for four (4) television and four (4) radio stations. The criteria includes provisions for a selection balance between northern and southern California, that the television stations selections include representation from ABC, CBS, CNN, and NBC news networks, and that one radio and one television be from the county where the crime was committed.

Those media who will be sending execution witnesses should provide written notification signed by the news department manager on company letterhead with the name of the selected witness, his/her date of birth, driver's license number, and social security number to:

CDC Communications
1515 S Street, Room 113S
P.O. Box 942883
Sacramento, CA 94283-0001

Fax or telephone requests will not be accepted. All requests must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16.

The media witnesses to the execution may arrive any time after 7:00 a.m., and no later than 7:00 p.m., January 25.

The following relates to the selection of media representatives to be admitted to the media center on prison grounds to attend news briefings and a news conference after the execution.

In addition to the media witnesses, one hundred twenty-five (125) news media representatives will be admitted to the media center on prison grounds. To accommodate as many media firms as possible, each news media organization applying will be limited to one reporter. Firms selected to send a representative to witness the execution will be allowed a separate reporter for the media center.

In anticipation that interest will exceed space, pool arrangements will be necessary for video/audio feeds, and still photos. The pool will be limited to two television camera operators, two still photographers, and one audio engineer. The broadcast pooling arrangements are through RTNDA and RTNA. Still photo pool arrangements will be made by the wires services.

Broadcast microwave and satellite vans and their support personnel will be permitted in a parking lot adjacent to the media center building. Space is limited to about 30 vehicles, including a generator and catering truck. Priority will be given to those sending "live" reports serving Los Angeles area media and multiple stations statewide. Television vans will be allowed up to four (4) support personnel (engineer, producer, talent, and camera operator) in addition to the reporter for the media center. Radio broadcast vans will be allowed three (3) support personnel (engineer, producer, and talent) in addition to the media center reporter. Requests for personnel in excess of the limitations will be returned unprocessed.

The California Department of Corrections Communications Office in Sacramento is making arrangements for all media credentials. Contact with San Quentin is not necessary.

To be considered, send written notification signed by the news department manager on company letterhead with the names of the proposed representatives, their dates of birth, driver's license numbers, social security numbers and size of vehicle (for broadcast van access) to:

CDC Communications
1515 S Street, Room 113S
P.O. Box 942883
Sacramento, CA 94283-0001

Fax or telephone requests will not be accepted. All requests must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16. Given the time needed for security clearances and access permits for this number of people which have to be completed by January 26, requests received after January 16, including personnel substitutions, will be processed if time permits after the initial requests are completed. No assurances can be provided that the processing for those will be completed by January 26.

The building being used for the media center has 60 amp electrical service with a limited number of outlets. There are seven (7) pay telephones. The media pool will be responsible for providing a generator for electrical power and for any special telephone provisions. Media orders for private telephone hookups must be arranged with Pacific Telephone which will coordinate installation with San Quentin.

The media representatives cleared for admission to the media center may arrive any time after 7:00 a.m., and no later than 2:00 p.m., January 25.