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N.J.S.A. 2C:49-7

a. The commissioner, the persons designated by the commissioner to act as execution technicians, and one licensed physician shall be present at the execution. The commissioner shall also select and invite the presence of, by at least three days' prior notice, six adult citizens. The names of the execution technicians shall not be disclosed, and the names of the six adult citizens who witnessed the execution shall not be disclosed until after the execution.

b. The commissioner shall, at the request of the person sentenced to death, authorize and permit no more than two clergymen, who are not related to the inmate, to be present at the execution. The commissioner may, at the request of the person sentenced to death, authorize and permit no more than two adult members of the person's immediate family to be present at the execution.

c. The commissioner shall permit four representatives of the news media to be present at the execution, for the purpose of giving their respective newspapers and associations accounts of the execution. The four representatives shall be composed of one representative of the major wire services, one representative of television news services, one representative of newspapers, and one representative of radio news services. Immediately following the execution, the four representatives of the news media may hold a press conference for the purpose of giving other news representatives an account of the execution.

d. The commissioner shall not authorize or permit any person to be present, except those authorized by this section.

e. The commissioner shall authorize and permit no more than four adult members of the victim's immediate family to be present at the execution. The names of the members of the victim's immediate family who witnessed the execution shall not be disclosed.

f. For purposes of this section, "immediate family" means a spouse, parent, stepparent, legal guardian, grandparent, child, or sibling.

g. Nothing in this section shall be construed to give a right to any person to delay or prevent the execution of a sentence of death on the date appointed in the warrant pursuant to N.J.S.2C:49-5.