Judge lectures state attorneys in Angola case

By By The Associated Press

BATON ROUGE — A federal judge overseeing hot conditions on Louisiana’s death row sternly lectured three attorneys for the

state but declined to sanction them for their “lack of candor” about awnings and soaker hoses installed last summer while

heat indices were being measured for the court.

Attorneys E. Wade Shows, Amy McInnis

and Jacqueline Wilson apologized Wednesday to Chief U.S. District Judge

Brian Jackson

and acknowledged they should have immediately informed him when

they learned Louisiana State Penitentiary officials were considering

installing awnings over death row windows and misting walls with


The Advocate reports Shows told Jackson

that Angola officials didn’t intend to skew temperature data Jackson

had ordered collected

from mid-July to early August of last year.

“I accept the fact that your clients were making good-faith efforts,” Jackson said during Wednesday’s hearing.

The hearing came in a lawsuit filed in June by three death row inmates who claimed oppressive heat conditions on death row

worsened their medical conditions.

The state is appealing Jackson’s December order that it devise a plan to reduce heat indices on death row to 88 degrees or

less. The state submitted a plan last month that calls for air conditioning and chests filled with ice.