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Officials: Exceptions not meant for pros

...which might require amputation. Lawyers are expected to make their final arguments today before U.S. Magistrate Thomas Coffin, who could rule immediately on a case that has ignited a national debate on the rights of the disabled to play pro...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/02/11/oth_222285.shtml
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Martin pits his future in challenge to PGA

...last week to have the case thrown out of court on grounds the disabilities act does not apply. U.S. Magistrate Thomas Coffin ruled the PGA Tour is a commercial enterprise, not a private club that would be exempt from the act. He also found...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/02/02/oth_221758.shtml
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Court says Martin can keep riding

...after the PGA Tour refused to let him use a cart in the final stage of its tour qualifying school. U.S. Magistrate Thomas Coffin issued an injunction under the ADA, which prohibits discrimination against the disabled in jobs and public accommodations...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2000/03/07/gol_283033.shtml
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Overtime: Augusta State wins a pair from Pirates

...Eugene, Ore. Lawyers for Martin and the tour expect to make their final arguments Wednesday to U.S. Magistrate Thomas Coffin. There was no word on how quickly he might rule. Martin, 25, suffers from a rare circulatory disorder in his right...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/02/10/oth_222207.shtml
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Weeping Martin describes condition

...for tissues to wipe away tears. His mother, his brother and his sister-in-law also cried. U.S. Magistrate Thomas Coffin called a five-minute recess. Martin has invoked the Americans with Disabilities Act in his lawsuit against the PGA...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/02/05/oth_221924.shtml
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Trial begins for disabled golfer trying to win right to ride cart

...ultimately lead to amputation. Last week, Martin won the first round in the legal battle, when U.S. Magistrate Thomas Coffin denied the PGA Tour's motion for summary judgment -- in effect a request to throw the case out of court because...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/02/03/oth_221808.shtml
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Martin may ride on scooter

...the USGA won't be faced with the decision before the Open in June. The PGA Tour is appealing U.S. Magistrate Thomas Coffin's decision to allow Martin to use a cart in pro competition, but it could take up to 24 months before an appeal...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/02/14/oth_222487.shtml
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Augusta's reaction mixed on Martin

...don't know what it's like and how tired he gets." Taylor scoffed at the decision given by U.S. Magistrate Thomas Coffin that walking 18 holes over a period of five hours is not "significantly taxing." "I know when I'm done walking...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/02/12/oth_222347.shtml
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Former champ: Fatigue an important part of tournament golf

...seat. I sat all day with my legs up. I didn't understand why everybody else wasn't riding." U.S. Magistrate Thomas Coffin, who is hearing the case without a jury, has given Martin the chance to ride a cart on the Nike Tour, a step below...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/02/06/oth_221979.shtml
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Disabled golfer wins right to ride cart

...ruled Wednesday in the first case invoking federal disabilities laws to compete in a major sport. U.S. Magistrate Thomas Coffin ruled that a golf course during a tournament is a place of pulic accommodation and is covered under the federal Americans...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/02/12/oth_222352.shtml
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