BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A lawsuit challenging heat conditions on death row as unsafe for inmates at the state penitentiary was filed during the thick of Louisiana'shot and humid summer. The federal judge assigned to the case suggested he would rule quickly because of the health concerns involved.

But summer's heat has given way to the cool of fall, and the three condemned inmates who are plaintiffs in the case still await a ruling, four months after the trial of their lawsuit ended.

U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson's office wouldn't answer questions about the delay.

The civil rights lawsuit was filed on behalf of the inmates who have high blood pressure and other health ailments that their lawyers say could be worsened by heat.

Prison officials say the conditions are safe.