Judge raises concern about data meddling at Angola
BATON ROUGE- A federal judge is questioning whether state officials damaged independent data collection of temperatures on Louisiana's death row.
The information was being collected at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola as part of a lawsuit claiming that three condemned killers are forced to live in dangerous heat conditions.
The two-day trial opened Monday.
U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson had ordered collection of 21 days of temperature data in advance of the trial.
But he was told Monday that Angola officials added temporary awnings on some of the death row cell blocks and tried to soak some of the buildings during the data collection period.
Jackson said he didn't understand why prison officials would make any modifications without seeking approval from him. He didn't immediately decide whether to sanction state officials.