By: MATT RASMUSSEN
JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT on Sept. 6, convicted murderer Douglas Franklin Wright died in the Oregon State Penitentiary execution chamber, after a lethal chemical concoction trickled into his veins. MainPhoto =
The execution made headlines across the state, as Wright
was the first Oregonian to receive the death penalty in 34 years. Journalists, however, criticized state corrections officials for limiting their ability to cover the story.
Now, Oregon corrections officials hope to curtail media access even further and have announced plans for new rules that would eliminate the requirement that media representatives attend executions.
Four reporters were among those to witness Wright’s execution. In the minutes leading up to the event, they sat in a soundproof room, their view of the death chamber shielded by a blind.
Officials raised the blind only after the condemned man had been led into the room, strapped to a gurney, and connected to intravenous tubes.
Kristin Gilger, manag