On February 11th, DRLC filed a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court to clarify the ability of mentally competent, terminally ill California patients to obtain aid in dying from their physician. The plaintiffs, consisting of patients and doctors, are asking the court to declare that physicians who provide a prescription for medication to a mentally competent terminally ill patient should not be subject to criminal prosecution under existing California law.
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Paula Pearlman Speaks at Press Conference to Stop Court Segregation at Federal Courthouse
On Thursday, March 14th, DRLC Executive Director Paula Pearlman spoke at a press conference held at the Los Angeles Federal Courthouse discussing a lawsuit filed against Los Angeles County over its proposed closure of several courthouses that handle eviction cases. The claim filed by DRLC along with Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, Western Center on Law and Poverty, and Legal Aid Foundation (Miles, et al. vs. Hon. David S. Wesley, et al. CV13-1817 DMG(RZx)), argues that by eliminating access to 21 local courthouses, leaving only five courts to handle landlord disputes, people with disabilities will not be able to access court services due to transportation barriers and physical and programmatic accessibility barriers at Courthouses. Ms. Pearlman stated "If the proposed closure of 21 courtrooms in L.A. Superior Court that hear eviction cases goes through, tens of thousands of tenants, many with severe disabilities, will not only be evicted from their homes but will be evicted from the judicial process itself." Additionally people who wish to access the legal system will be sent away from local courthouses to remote locations far from their homes. Ms. Pearlman further commented "[We] all join together in demanding this preliminary injunction before tenants who are low-income, who are non-English speaking, and/or who have severe disabilities have to face a new daily challenge: homelessness."
To read a copy of the press release, please click here.