6-15: 91 Year Old Berk Sings Song that Released her from Nursing Home

91 year old Ruth Berk had been declared incompetent, was appointed a guardian and was moved into a nursing home out of her Village apartment against her will and without the right to appear at the court hearing.  Arthur Schwartz of A4J took on her case to fight the ruling.  At the hearing in May, Justice Tanya Kennedy would initially not let Ms. Berk speak but she interrupted, said she wanted to go home.  Berk sang two songs, “Summertime” and “My Funny Valentine”, which convinced the judge that she was competent enough to move back into her apartment on Christopher St.     Please see this video clip from an interview with Ms. Berk….

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