RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A divided federal appeals court has upheld Virginia's policy of automatically holding death row inmates in solitary confinement.
In a 2-1 ruling Tuesday, a panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a judge's finding that the policy violates inmates' due process rights.
The policy was challenged by Alfredo Prieto, who was sentenced to death for the 1988 murders of two George Washington University students in Reston. He has spent most of the last six years alone in a 71-square-foot cell.