BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A 42-year-old vision-impaired inmate serving a life sentence for second-degree murder has filed a federal lawsuit in an effort to force the Louisiana Department of Corrections to accommodate his requests for large-print documents.
The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1akHWEz) Mark Whitted also asks for access to a high-powered magnifier or closed-circuit television so he can read newspapers, magazines and other small-print materials, in addition to other accommodations for his disability.
Whitted, of Thibodaux, has served more than 19 years for the December 1993 shooting death of his girlfriend, 25-year-old Kim Armont, of Vacherie.
The Advocacy Center in New Orleans filed the lawsuit in Baton Rouge. The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge James J. Brady.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com