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New Orleans Times-Picayune: Judge to appoint special master, give final order in Angola’s death row heat case

By Quincy Hodges, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

A federal court judge Wednesday heard testimony from three candidates, which, if chosen, will oversee a cooling plan aiming to improve heat levels for death row inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, known as Angola.

Attorney Nilay Vora, who represents plaintiffs’ James Magee, Elzie Ball and Nathaniel Code, 57, says both Quigley and Medina have the resources and the flexibility as professors to perform weekly visits to Angola more so than Hebert. Under the Prison Litigation Reform Act, the courts are required to pay for the special master position. Vora says either professor would cost the court system less than Hebert.