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Jan. 20, 2006

ADVISORY: Reno Press Conference And Lecture Coverage Procedures Set

A press conference with former United States Attorney General Janet Reno will be held Sunday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m. in the greenroom in Hancher Auditorium. The press conference will be held in advance of her lecture on the death penalty and legal reform, which is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

Also at the press conference and available for questions will be Kurt Bloodworth, the first condemned man to be freed from Death Row as a result of DNA testing. More information about Reno's lecture, as well as a panel discussion following the lecture about DNA testing that will feature Reno, Bloodworth and others, can be found here:

A mult box will be provided in the greenroom for the press conference.

Please note the following procedures for covering the lecture after the press conference:

A block of seats for media will be reserved near the front of the auditorium for those who will be covering the lecture. Shoulder-held TV cameras are welcome to be used from these seats and the adjacent aisle way. Due to fire department regulations, tripods cannot be used in the auditorium. Tripods can be left in the greenroom, where security will be provided for them. Those wishing to use a tripod are welcome to shoot from the sound booth in the back of the house.

Also, sound will not be available in the auditorium. Those wishing to shoot with sound can plug into a mult box that will be available in the sound booth.

Video and flash photography can be used during the first 10 minutes of Reno's lecture. After that, we ask that all video cameras and flash attachments be turned off.

Reno is expected to begin speaking at approximately 3:10 p.m., though we ask that all media be in the media seats by the time the program begins at 3 p.m.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010,