On February 3, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit heard oral argument in PJI’s lawsuit about extreme heat on Louisiana’s death row, Ball et al. v. Leblanc et al.
The argument took place in Houston, in the appellate room of the Bob Casey Federal Courthouse. The panel included Judge Jennifer Elrod, Senior Judge Thomas Reavley, and Judge Edith Jones. PJI co-counsel and board member Nilay Vora, of the Los Angeles law firm Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow, argued very well on behalf of the plaintiffs.
The argument focused on several issues, including the extent of the ruling.
A recording of the argument is available here: http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/oral-argument-information/oral-argument-recordings (Docket number is 14-30067).
Accomplished courtroom artist Gary Myrick was commissioned to create a sketch of the argument, shown above.
We now await the Fifth Circuit’s decision.