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Ms. Jones and Mr. Lane joined as plaintiffs in Tennessee v. Lane. Ms. Jones, who uses a wheelchair, is a certified court reporter. She was compelled to decline employment because of her inability to gain access to several courtrooms and related facilities in at least 24 Tennessee counties. Mr. Lane, also a wheelchair user, was charged with a traffic violation in Polk County. The courtroom in which he was required to appear on the appointed morning was located on the second floor of a courthouse that was not equipped with an elevator. Mr. Lane crawled up two flights of stairs in order to reach the courtroom, only to have the case postponed until the afternoon session. Having returned to the first floor, he refused to crawl up the stairs a second time and, as a result, was jailed for contempt of court.