This Week in the News…

Posted: June 1, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Saturday, May 26, Los Angeles Times

Government Seen Favoring Satellite TV Deal Antitrust

“What’s more, President Bush’s nominees to head the Justice Department’s antitrust division and the Federal Trade Commission have not yet been confirmed by the Senate. Some experts say that makes it too early to predict Washington’s reaction to a merger of EchoStar and DirecTV. ‘The climate is uncertain; I’m skeptical that anyone could predict the outcome,’ said Ernest Gellhorn, an antitrust expert and law professor at George Mason University.”

Monday, May 28, Los Angeles Times

The Fine Art of Jumping Ship: There’s a Long Tradition of Party Switching in the Worldwide Political Arena–Some for Principle, Others for Opportunism

“In some other countries, politicians ‘cross the aisle’ more frequently than in the United States. During the early 1990s, the creation of whole new parties out of factions of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party became a ‘national sport,’ said Chip Hauss, a political-science professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.”

Wednesday, May 30, Wall Street Journal

Casey Martin Ruling Is Par for the Course

By David E. Bernstein, an associate professor at George Mason University School of Law

“Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that disabled golfer Casey Martin has a right under the Americans with Disabilities Act to use a golf cart. The court dismissed the PGA Tour’s defense that golf is a game of endurance as well as skill, and that all golfers should face the same obligation to walk to each hole. The mind boggles at how far the law has come–and how far it is likely to go…. In not granting the PGA Tour discretion to handle such matters, the justices (aside from Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, who dissented) showed an unseemly lack of modesty. Yet it’s not entirely their fault. Congress, by passing the incredibly broad and vague ADA, put the court in the position of having to decide all sorts of complex issues involving sporting events, arts and other endeavors. Congress can fix this problem by exempting such activities from ADA requirements–and it had better act soon before some judge decides to give a disabled baseball player four strikes before he’s out.”

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