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Heyer v. U.S. Bureau of Prison, 15-6826

In a suit brought by a deaf prisoner who communicates primarily through American Sign Language (ASL) and is presently confined as a sexually dangerous person, raising various claims related to prison-defendant's failure to provide ASL interpreters for medical appointments and other important interactions, its refusal to provide plaintiff with access to a videophone, and its failure to otherwise accommodate his deafness, the district court's grant of summary judgment to defendant is: 1) affirmed as to the dismissal of Count III, as plaintiff does not challenge that ruling on appeal; but 2) vacated as to the remainder of the district court's order where the court erred by giving dispositive effect to defendant's post-litigation assurances that it would provide the ASL interpreters requested.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2017/02/23




  • United States Fourth Circuit


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