Trial ends in lawsuit about heat on La. death row
BATON ROUGE - A three-day trial has wrapped up in a lawsuit claiming that three death row inmates are forced to live in unsafe heat conditions.
U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson did not say when he would rule in the lawsuit, but he said because of the health claims, it would be important to decide soon.
Jackson plans a visit next week to the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola to see the death row building and the placement of the windows and fans that are the primary sources of ventilation for the inmates' cells.
The lawsuit was filed in June on behalf of condemned killers Elzie Ball, Nathaniel Code and James Magee. All three men have hypertension, along with other health conditions.
Prison officials say the conditions are safe for the inmates.