Washington

July 16, 1999

A judge's decision that a law school graduate with a reading disorder should have been given extra time to complete the New York State bar exam has been overturned by the US Supreme Court. Marilyn Bartlett, who failed the test four times, had asked for more time to take the exam and permission to record her essays on tape instead of writing them down. The ruling in her favour was seized on by critics who claim there is rising abuse of laws protecting disabled students.

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