- Associated Press - Friday, June 13, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A deaf prison inmate is suing the Oregon Department of Corrections for not providing him an interpreter.

David D. VanValkenburg says the state is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and he seeks $460,000 in damages for failures in communication during his 13 years in prison.

The Oregonian reports (https://bit.ly/1n8SnAT ) the lawsuit filed in Multnomah County in May was moved last week to federal court in Portland.

A spokeswoman for the Oregon Department of Justice says it has a policy of not commenting on pending litigation.

VanValkenburg was convicted of sodomy and sex abuse in Washington County in 2000 and sent to prison.

The lawsuit says American Sign Language is his primary language and he has limited skills in writing notes in English.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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