Judge cancels hearing on jailed transgender teen
Jun. 14, 2014
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge has canceled a hearing on whether to order Connecticut officials to stop detaining a transgender teenager in an adult prison where she had been held for two months without criminal charges.
Judge Robert Chatigny (SHOT'-nee) was to hear arguments Monday in Hartford. He canceled the proceeding and set a status conference for Wednesday. The reason wasn't disclosed.
The 16-year-old girl's lawyer was seeking an injunction against what he called her unconstitutional detention in solitary confinement at the state women's prison in Niantic.
A state judge ordered the girl transferred into prison officials' custody in April after child welfare officials said she was too violent to handle.
State officials announced June 5 that the teen had been accepted for admission to a private treatment center in Massachusetts.