NEW YORK ST. ASS'N FOR RETARD. CHILD., INC. v. ROCKEFELLER

Nos. 73-C-55, 73-C-113.

357 F.Supp. 752 (1973)

NEW YORK STATE ASSOCIATION FOR RETARDED CHILDREN, INC., et al. and Patricia Parisi, by her mother Lena Steuernagel, et al., Plaintiffs, v. Nelson A. ROCKEFELLER, Individually and as Governor of the State of New York, et al., Defendants.

United States District Court, E. D. New York.

April 10, 1973.


Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Louis J. Lefkowitz, Atty. Gen., State of New York, New York City, by Brenda Soloff, Judith Gordon, Asst. Attys. Gen., for defendants; and Judith T. Kramer, Deputy Asst. Atty. Gen., of counsel.

Bruce J. Ennis and Burt Neuborne, New York Civil Liberties Union, New York City, Julian Tepper, Stanley Herr, ton, D. C., Charles R. Halpern, Eugene Z. DuBose, Mental Health Law Project, Washington, D. C., for plaintiffs in case No. 72-C-356.

Kalman Finkel, John E. Kirklin, Anita Fisher Barrett, Legal Aid Society, Civil Appeals Bureau, New York City, Robert L. Feldt, Legal Aid Society, Staten Island, N. Y., for plaintiffs in case No. 72-C-357.

Leonard B. Pack, New York City, for American Association on Mental Deficiency, New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, Federation of Parents Organizations for the New York State Mental Institutions, and New York State Federation of Chapters of the Council for Exceptional Children, amici curiae for plaintiffs.


JUDD, District Judge.

MEMORANDUM

Willowbrook State School for the Mentally Retarded has been characterized by Dr. Herbert J. Grossman, expert consultant for the defendants, as "based on the wrong concept in the wrong place with the wrong plan." Plaintiffs, representing the residents of Willowbrook, have asked this court to require the defendants to institute programs which will raise the conditions at Willowbrook to a level approaching the ideals stated...

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