Federal Judge Forbids Redskins’ Name from Being Used in His Court Docs
The Redskins. Just the mere mention of the name is enough to bother some people. Well, one federal judge ruling on a case about the team had forbade any references to the name in court or in court documents, and aside from a footnote, “Redskins” is never mentioned once in his ruling.
U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte wrote in that footnote, “Pro Football’s team is popularly known as the Washington ‘Redskins,’ but the Court will refrain from using the team name unless reference is made to a direct quote where the name appears.” And so, when he referenced the team in the ruling, he only called them “the Washington team.”
Early on in the case, Messitte ordered that the team name not be used in his courtroom, putting him in good company with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which recently revoked the team’s trademark because of the supposed offensiveness of the name.
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