The Harlem Park Three, Who Spent a Combined 108 Years Wrongfully Imprisoned, File Lawsuit Against Baltimore Police Department and Former Detectives

In a lawsuit filed in federal court today, Alfred Chestnut, Andrew Stewart, and Ransom Watkins seek justice for the 36 years they each served in prison for a crime they did not commit. As teenagers, the three men were wrongfully convicted of a 1983 murder of a Harlem Park Junior High School student. Now in their fifties, the men were exonerated of the murder in 2019 after the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office re-investigated their case and determined that they were innocent. Their 108 combined years of wrongful incarceration is the longest in American history.
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Blind daycare provider successfully settles EEOC claim against the Army

BGL attorneys successfully resolved an employment discrimination and retaliation case against the Department of the Army for a blind daycare provider at Aberdeen Proving Ground, who alleged that her supervisor discriminated against her because she is blind and retaliated against her because she filed an EEOC complaint.
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Lawsuit Alleges Paper Vote-By-Mail Ballots Keep Blind Texans from Voting

The filed lawsuit claims Texas’s reliance on exclusively paper vote-by-mail ballots keeps blind Texans and other Texans with disabilities who require accessible ballots from participation in mail-in voting.
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Coalition of Disability Groups Demand Access to Virginia’s Inaccessible Absentee Voting

A coalition of disability organizations and individual voters sued the Commonwealth of Virginia for excluding Virginians with disabilities from absentee voting in November.
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Amazon Agrees to Make Remote Customer Service Associate Roles Available to the Blind

Maryann Murad, a blind Michigan resident, and the National Federation of the Blind have reached an agreement with Amazon.com resolving the employment discrimination lawsuit they brought in September of 2019.
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Federal Judge Finds ADA Covers Fairfax County Public Schools’ Use of Restraint and Seclusion

A federal judge refused to dismiss a civil rights lawsuit against Fairfax County Public Schools alleging the district’s use of restraint and seclusion on students with disabilities violates federal law.
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IRS to Implement Process to Provide Accessible Tax Notices to the Blind

The IRS has agreed to develop and implement a process to allow blind taxpayers to request post-filing tax notices—such as notices about additional taxes or penalties owed—in Braille, large print, or electronic formats.
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Major Victory Against the Trump Administration’s Attempt to Block Abortion Access

A major victory against the Trump Administration’s attempt to block abortion access for consumers on the Affordable Care Act exchanges, Judge vacated “Separate Billing Rule.”
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BGL honored with 2020 Outstanding Achievement Award

Washington Lawyers’ Committee is recognizing Brown Goldstein & Levy, Outstanding Achievement Award Recipient, for our hard work on behalf of people who are blind.
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Andrew D. Levy selected for the 2020 Lorraine Sheehan Lifetime Achievement Award

DRM announces Andy Levy as 2020 honoree of the Lorraine Sheehan Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his service to people with disabilities.
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