High Court To Decide If Autistic Boy's Parents Need Lawyer To Sue

PARMA, Ohio (AP) - School officials in the Cleveland suburb of
Parma argue that if the U-S Supreme Court allows the parents of an
autistic boy to sue the district without an attorney, districts
nationwide will be inundated with frivolous lawsuits.

But the Bush administration backs the boy's family, saying it's
a necessary consequence of a right to self-representation that
Congress intended for parents of disabled students.

The Supreme Court takes up the case of Jacob Winkelman on
Tuesday, hearing only the narrow issue of whether an attorney is
needed -- not whether the public schools should be forced to pay
for private education for the nine-year-old.

His parents say they can't afford an attorney to argue their
court case against Parma schools.