Experts testify about heat in trial over lawsuit filed by Angola inmates

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A bench trial over a lawsuit filed by death row inmates at Angola claiming it's too hot continued on its second day in court Tuesday.

The inmates said they are suffering cruel and unusual punishment due to the heat. Experts testified for both sides about their opinions on how the heat affects the human body and how the body responds to high temperatures.

Warden Burl Cain also talked about why awnings were installed after a federal judge ordered an independent temperature tracking record. Cain apologized to court that it was his error and he was just trying to see if those awnings would help lower the temperature.

He said the digital thermometers were better than the ones he had and was hoping he would get a better reading. He said he didn't mean to violate the judge's order.

WAFB Chief Meteorologist Jay Grymes also testified. He talked about how the heat index was calculated and the effect it would have on the human body.

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