The state of Florida is arguing that a Fort Lauderdale federal judgewas wrong to hold it in contempt of court for defying an order topromptly care for the developmentally disabled.

In asking the judge to reconsider his ruling, the state attorneygeneral’s office is relying on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Butonly two months ago, the state was arguing that the ADA, the mostfar-reaching civil rights law of the past decade, is unconstitutional.”The whole thing is extremely curious,” says Gary H. Blumenthal,executive director of the state Advocacy Center for Persons withDisabilities, whose agency has been in court often fighting the state’streatment of the disabled.

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