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Hearing underway in Virginia guardianship case

Tuesday - 7/30/2013, 9:34am  ET

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) -- A hearing is underway in Newport News in a guardianship case that tests the rights of adults with disabilities to choose how they live.

Margaret Jean "Jenny" Hatch has been fighting for nearly a year for the right to move in with friends who employed her at their thrift shop.

Hatch has Down syndrome. Her parents want her to remain in a group home.

WAVY-TV ( ) reports that Newport News Circuit Judge David Pugh heard testimony in the case Monday. The hearing resumes Tuesday.

The case has captured the attention of advocacy groups and Hampton Roads residents. They've turned the phrase "Justice for Jenny" into a mantra.


Information from: WAVY-TV,

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