Prison Inmates Sue ... Schwarzenegger
They say he's responsible for exposure to crippling illness
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2014 9:59 AM CST
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger holds the Smokey the Bear stuffed toy presented to him by the US Forest Service during a ceremony at the Agriculture Department in Washington, Oct. 30, 2013.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

(Newser) – Inmates at a Central California prison say "Valley fever" killed 30 of their fellow prisoners, and they blame former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The 22 current and former inmates are suing Schwarzenegger and current governor Jerry Brown, accusing them of leaving prisoners at Pleasant Valley Prison even though they knew exposure to Valley fever was a problem, TMZ reports. The disease, which is spread via spores found in soil, also affected others who didn't die, the lawsuit claims; the inmates want money for their medical care plus pain and suffering.