Sunday, June 14, 2009
William Kral is suing a county in Eastern Washington State for the way he was treated during his time in jail. The deaf man says Benton County failed to follow ADA law when it didn't provide him an interpreter during his court appearances and refused him access to a TTY phone during his incarceration. Officers also wouldn’t turn on closed-captioning when he watched TV. Kral had been convicted of DUI and driving with a suspended license. Prosecutors deny Kral’s claims, saying he had an interpreter in court and access to a TTY - until he abused his privileges. Kral has since moved to Seattle.