Supreme Court Hears Martin Case

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Supreme Court justices heard arguments, Wednesday in Washington D.C., as to whether disabled golfer Casey Martin has a legal right to use a cart in between shots at PGA Tour events.
 
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Members of the U.S. Supreme CourtMartin's lawyer, Roy L. Reardon, contended walking is not an integral part of the game. Citing the Americans with Disabilities Act, a 1990 law that bans discrimination against the disabled in housing, employment and public accommodations; Reardon said the Act gives people 'like Casey Martin a chance to get to the game.'
 
Adam Barr reports from Washington, D.C.
 
However, PGA Tour lawyer H. Bartow Farr III argued that the Tour is not obligated to comply with the ADA, and that riding in a cart would fundamentally alter the nature of the competition.
 
Casey Martin riding a cart on the PGA TourThe seven justices are expected to issue a ruling by July.
 
Martin, 28, suffers from Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber Syndrome, a circulatory disorder in his right leg that makes it painful to walk long distances.
 
Martin comments from the steps of the Supreme Court.
 
Martin sued the PGA Tour in 1997 for the right to ride in a cart. A federal judge ruled in his favor; the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals then upheld the decision in 2000.
 
But the following day, a Chicago-based federal appeals court ruled against Indiana golfer Ford Orliger, who sued the USGA for the right to ride in a cart during U.S. Open qualifying. This became the basis for the PGA Tour appeal to the Supreme Court.
 
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