Having spent 35 of his 59 years in a wheelchair, Boca Raton attorney Bob Pearce knows the needs of the disabled are often ignored. But he didn't expect to have his rights violated at the federal courthouse.
A routine hearing turned ugly when security guards blocked him from parking in one of six empty handicap spaces in the sprawling lot in front of the downtown courthouse.
The alternative they suggested, a public lot nearby, left him stranded atop a steep hill. He made it to the hearing after flagging down a stranger, who grabbed the handles of his chair and wheeled him safely down the incline.
But he was outraged. So was the judge.