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Marriage Concerns Insufficient To Warrant Guardianship (NY)

Disability Scoop

November 10, 2015

A family’s concerns about a 29-year-old man with Down syndrome wanting to marry are not sufficient reason to place him under guardianship, a judge has determined.

The mother and brother of a man known as D.D. in court papers sought to become his legal guardians in a Brooklyn, N.Y. court. Central to the petition, however, was D.D.’s desire to marry his girlfriend, Janice. He told the court that he is saving for an engagement ring.


DA under fire for pressing charges against autistic man (MA)

The Sun Chronicle

November 15, 2015

ATTLEBORO – The lawyer for a severely autistic man is criticizing the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office for pressing ahead with the prosecution of his client after a judge dismissed assault charges against him.

North Attleboro lawyer Michael Duggan is questioning why the district attorney’s office is appealing a judge’s decision to dismiss the case on the grounds his client is incompetent to stand trial.