For the past few years, author, educator, and elder and child advocate, Dr. Beverly Newman, has been discriminated against in the Indianapolis court system, where her decades-old incurable, progressive disabilities are discounted and even denied.  Since 2015, Dr. Newman has not even been a party to her Dad’s probate case (Cause No. 49D13-1009-ES-040244) before Judge James Joven, but he continues to issue orders against her as a non-party and has stated his intent to “punish” her if she does not travel to Indianapolis, against expert medical opinions, 1200 miles from Florida, where she has stayed and never left since 2009.

Beverly Newman’s delicate health does not permit her to travel, according to medical records filed with Judge Joven, who recently struck the written expert medical opinions from the court’s record.  Additionally, two attorneys in Judge Joven’s court, Robert W. York and Robert A. Zaban, have publicly and repeatedly subjected Dr. Newman to disability discrimination, denying her disabilities in their numerous court filings over the years, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

On September 6, 2017, on the 14th floor of the City-County Building, at 1:00 PM, Judge Joven has stated he will arrest Beverly Newman if she does not travel to Indianapolis in violation of her Jewish religious beliefs not to risk her life except in extreme emergencies.  Is this what our grossly-overcrowded Indiana jails are for?

To remove Judge Joven from this case, for permitting intolerable disability discrimination in his courtroom,  and to sanction officers of his court, Robert W. York and Robert A. Zaban, contact:

Indiana Supreme Court, which appointed Judge Joven to this case, Chief Justice Loretta Rush   rush.externship@courts.in.gov

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett      city-county.council@indy.gov

Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch            scrouch@lg.in.gov

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