Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Suit Seeking Closure of Center Tossed Out

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A state center in Conway that houses people with severe mental and physical disabilities won a court battle Wednesday when a federal judge ruled that the U.S. Justice Department failed to prove that the facility should be shut down.
During a six-week trial, the government accused the Conway Human Development Center of providing substandard care and failing to teach its 500 residents skills that would allow them to become part of their communities.
"These allegations certainly are serious," U.S. District Judge J. Leon Holmes wrote in an 85-page ruling Wednesday. "They are not, however, supported by the weight of the evidence presented at trial."

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