JACKSON, Ga. -- The call to my cell phone from the Georgia Department of Corrections came at 5:37 p.m. The state Supreme Court had turned down a request for a stay of execution by condemned prisoner Troy Anthony Davis, which for me meant it was time to start shedding my devices.
Voice recorder, iPhone, pen, note pad, phone, wallet, keys, press credentials – all of these items would not be at my disposal as I watched Davis die.
Even for a newspaperman, death is often distant. You don’t always see the triple homicide as it happens, or feel the flames of the fatal fire. Even in covering capital cases, the penalty remains abstract – a sentence in court documents.
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