Fair and Unbiased Courts Help Protect Disability Rights

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My wife, Jill, works from home doing freelance jobs. Because she works remotely, she can watch television during the day from the comfort of our living room.

The recent confirmation hearings in the U.S. Senate for Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson kept Jill transfixed as she pondered the importance of judges and courts in our everyday lives, including for those with disabilities or rare diseases.

As someone who is gene-positive for Huntington’s disease, Jill often sees the world through the prism of knowing she will become progressively disabled over time.

Although the Senate confirmation hearings were dramatic at times, Jill focused on a topic of importance to her: the need to have fair and unbiased judges in the nation’s courts.

Judges, after all, decide cases that affect many people, especially those who are differently abled. At one point, Jill wondered how such court decisions might directly affect people with disabilities. This prompted us to do some research about the topic. The following is what we discovered.

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