The execution of Kevin Cooper , convicted of four counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances, is set by court order for Tuesday, February 10, 2004, at San Quentin State Prison.
Direct all requests and inquiries regarding access to San Quentin State Prison to the California Department of Corrections Communications Office in Sacramento, which is responsible for all media credentials. Requests are due by 5 p.m., Friday, January 30, 2004. (See “Credentials”)
Up to 125 news media representatives will be admitted to the media center building at San Quentin to attend news briefings and a news conference with members of the media witness pool after the execution. To accommodate as many media firms as possible, each news media organization applying will be limited to one (1) representative. Firms selected to send a news reporter to witness the execution will be allowed a separate representative for the media center.
In anticipation that interest may exceed space, pool arrangements may be necessary for audio/video feeds and still photos from inside the media center. The pool will be limited to two (2) television camera operators, two (2) still photographers, and one (1) audio engineer. The Northern California Radio Television News Directors’ Association and the Radio Television News Association in Southern California arrange the pool.
On-grounds parking is limited. Television and radio stations are limited to one (1) satellite or microwave vehicle.
Television technicians or microwave broadcast vehicles will be permitted three (3) support personnel (engineer, camera operator, and producer).
Radio broadcast vehicles will be allowed two (2) support personnel (engineer and producer).
For media credentials, send a written request 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 live broadcast purpose to:
All written requests must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, January 30, 2004. Media witnesses will be selected from the requests received by that time. Telephone requests will NOT be accepted.
Security clearances are required for each individual requesting access to San Quentin. The clearance process will begin after the application deadline. No assurances can be provided that security clearances for requests, including personnel substitutions, received after the filing period closes January 30, will be completed in time to permit access to the prison between 7 and 10 p.m. on Monday, February 9, 2004.
The media center has 60-amp electrical service with a limited number of outlets. There are seven pay telephones. Media orders for private telephone hookups must be arranged with Pacific Bell. Pacific Bell will coordinate the actual installation with San Quentin. There is one soft drink vending machine at the media center. Media personnel should bring their own food. Media personnel are allowed to have a cellular telephone in the media center. Only broadcast microwave and satellite vans and their support personnel providing live feeds will be permitted in a parking lot near the In-Service Training (IST) building.