Human development centers suit dismissed by federal judge

A federal judge has dismissed a Justice Department lawsuit that accused the state of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act at its six human development centers throughout the state, reports the Associated Press.

U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes dismissed the suit this week on procedural grounds. The case is separate from one that went to trial last year regarding the Conway Human Development Center. Holmes has not yet ruled on that case, which wrapped up last fall after weeks of testimony.

Attorneys for the state argued that the Justice Department filed the lawsuit without allowing the state to first remedy the alleged problems. The Justice Department said it has the authority to enforce the ADA without following its normal administrative procedures.

Holmes agreed with the state and ordered the suit dismissed.

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