While a small group of local protesters gathered outside the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock Monday night, a larger group of international journalists convened death penalty coverage from within the visitation center inside the fenced perimeter of Cummins Prison.
In February the state announced it would execute eight death row inmates in pairs between Monday and April 27. Friday, the first, Bruce Ward, was given a temporary reprieve, leaving Don Davis, but on Monday afternoon the state Supreme Court issued a stay pending an independent psychological evaluation. Still, the state went ahead with its plan, had even brought the victim’s family and witnesses to the prison’s execution facility, when at the 11th hour the U.S. Supreme Court denied the state’s appeal. The stay held.
Among the television reporters from around the state and print guys from the Associated Press and the New York Times was the U.S. correspondent from Svenska Dagbladet in Stockholm, documentary teams from the BBC and the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, a correspondent from Al Jazeera English and another from the Canadian Broadcasting Company.