A Win for the Disabled - and DignityBy Robitaille, Suzanne; Business Week Online,
Publication Date: May 27, 2004
Article discusses a five-to-four vote by the United States Supreme Court claiming that states failing to make their courthouses and services accessible to people with disabilities can be sued for denying them their constitutional right to due process. The case began by a man with a leg amputation who used a wheelchair. In 1996, he crawled up the steps of the Polk County, Tennessee courthouse to appear at a reckless driving case. When he refused to crawl for a second appearance and declined the offer to be carried up to the second-floor hearing room by court officers, he was arrested. The court’s ruling compels states to make their courthouses accessible by installing wheelchair ramps and elevators, or face the risk of a lawsuit by denying due process to people with disabilities.
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