Covering Louisiana

Jul 28, 2014 11:39 AM by AP

Attorney fees at issue in death row heat case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Attorneys for three condemned killers who filed suit over hot conditions on Louisiana's death row are asking a federal judge to make the state pay more than three-quarters of a million dollars in fees and costs.

U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson in December said the heat on death row constituted cruel and unusual punishment. He also indicated that the inmates' lawyers would be entitled to attorneys' fees.

In May, Jackson approved a remediation plan. An appeals court delayed implementation of that plan with a stay order in June.

The Advocate reports that state lawyers argue that the request for attorney fees and costs violates that stay order. Lawyers for the inmates say the appeals court only stayed implementation of the remediation plan, not all proceedings in the case.

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