Federal Court Agrees to Hear State Death Row Appeal

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered to stay a magistrate's order to fix harsh conditions at Parchman state penitentiary until it hears an appeal by Mississippi corrections officials.

The appeals court last month had granted the Mississippi Department of Corrections a temporary stay of U.S. Magistrate Jerry Davis' order.

The new block will put the changes on hold until an expedited appeal is heard, which at the earliest could be this fall.

MDOC has until September 5th to file a brief and the ACLU has until October 6th to respond.

Davis' ruling in May came in a lawsuit filed on behalf of the inmates, who say they are daily subjected to excessive heat, human excrement, biting insects and the ranting of psychotic prisoners.

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