On July 26, Disability Rights Today will feature Crawford v. Hinds County Board of Supervisors
On July 26, Disability Rights Today will feature Crawford v. Hinds County Board of Supervisors, (5th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2021). In 2017, wheelchair user Dr. Scott Crawford, a retired clinical neuropsychologist, sued Hinds County in Mississippi under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as he was unable to perform jury duty in 2012 and 2015 because of the inaccessibility of the Hinds County courthouse. U.S. District Judge Tom Lee of the Southern District of Mississippi found that Crawford had proven the Hinds County courthouse was not accessible to people with disabilities. The judge also reversed his earlier ruling that Crawford had standing, finding that the possibility of being excluded from future jury duty was too speculative. On appeal to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court, Dr. Crawford argued he has standing both as a juror and as an engaged citizen. On June 16, 2021, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court found that Dr. Crawford did, indeed, have standing.