December 11, 2017

ATT: Reporters and editorial, wire and assignment editors

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2017 — As you are preparing coverage of Tuesday’s U.S. Senate election in Alabama, a new ABA Legal Fact Check item posted today might provide guidance. 

The item examines the historical precedent and U.S. Supreme Court cases that relate to seating a member of Congress as well as expelling a member once he or she is seated.

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

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