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ABA Legal Fact Check explores key legal issues raised by ­national anthem controversy

CHICAGO — The American Bar Association updated its new web-based ABA Legal Fact Check Monday by examining whether government leaders or employers can force individuals to participate, in the customary way, in such national rituals as the national anthem or the pledge of allegiance.

When former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick first knelt last year rather than stand during the national anthem as a protest of the treatment of blacks in the U.S., his conduct set off similar actions by other pro athletes and a national debate. The conversation continued into this year, focusing primarily on whether the decision by NFL teams not to sign the free agent Kaepernick was in retribution for his protest and, if so, was that fair? But President Trump’s decision to comment on the controversy last week and the way he did it, in the lingo of sports, raises the conversation to a whole new ball game while presenting legal issues.

ABA Legal Fact Check debuted last month and is the first fact check website focusing exclusively on legal matters. The project is one of several initiatives launched by Hilarie Bass, who became ABA president on Aug. 15 at the close of the ABA Annual Meeting in New York.

ABA Legal Fact Check seeks to help the public find dependable answers and explanations to swirling and sometimes confusing legal questions. The URL for the new site is www.abalegalfactcheck.com. Follow on twitter @ABAFactCheck.

Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments in golf cart case

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court is taking a swing at a golf cart dispute.

The justices want to hear more about a golfer who was accidentally struck by a cart at Farmington Hills Golf Club in 2013.

Ken Bertin and Doug Mann were playing the 17th hole when Mann struck Bertin near the green. Bertin filed a lawsuit over his injuries. The issue for the Supreme Court is a technical one: Is this a case of ordinary negligence or a higher legal standard known as reckless misconduct?

An Oakland County jury said Mann didn’t commit reckless misconduct. But the state appeals court threw out the verdict, saying that threshold was too high.

No date for Supreme Court arguments has been set.

Wayne Law Alumni Reception with Dean Richard A. Bierschbach

Join Wayne Law for a special gathering to meet Dean Richard A. Bierschbach, and mingle with faculty, alumni and friends as part of the State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting. The event will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 at Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd. in Detroit. This special event is free and consists of a reception and brief program. One needn’t be a member of the State Bar of Michigan to attend, however, registration is required. For more information contact Duc Abrahamson at (313) 577-6199 or at ad6373@wayne.edu.


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