Judge rejects delay in plan to cool La. death row
BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has refused to delay his order requiring state prison officials to devise a way to lower heat levels on Louisiana's death row.
U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson says the Corrections Department and the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola must give him a plan by Feb. 17.
Jackson ruled in December that death row gets so hot that it violates U.S. constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment. He demanded a plan that will cool the cells so the heat index never goes above 88 degrees.
Lawyers for the state sought a delay while they appeal Jackson's ruling.
On Friday, Jackson also set a Feb. 20 hearing date on whether he'll order personal sanctions against the state's attorneys for what he called "lack of candor" during the lawsuit.