Prof. Leon Friedman in the Boston Herald

Leon Friedman, Joseph Kushner Distinguished Professor of Civil Liberties Law, was mentioned in the following Boston Herald article.

US Supreme Court asked to keep open Fernald
By Associated Press
February 2, 2009

BOSTON — An attorney representing supporters of the Fernald Developmental Center has filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the planned transfer of more than 150 developmentally disabled residents.

David Kassel, the spokesman for the Fernald League for the Retarded, said Hofstra University Law School professor Leon Friedman filed the appeal last week.

The appeal is another chapter in the legal dispute between the state of Massachusetts and families of Fernald residents. Gov. Deval Patrick is seeking to close Fernald and move residents to other facilities.

Fernald is the nation’s oldest publicly funded facility for people with developmental disabilities.

A Patrick spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

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