Sacramento is reportedly paying $17,000 to settle a lawsuit over the national anthem. The "Sacramento Bee" is reporting the money was paid to Jack Lipeles, who claimed the city requirement of making people stand for the national anthem was unconstitutional. The issue went to federal court and the city has since reached an agreement to settle the matter. The lawsuit, filed in July 2020, claims the Las Vegas man was afraid he would be arrested if he did not stand at attention during the anthem. City code states: "When this music is played on a proper occasion during ceremonials, at the close of concerts, theatres, etc., all present shall stand at attention, facing the flag, or, if no flag is displayed, facing the music, and shall render the salute to the flag." Sacramento Darrell Steinberg removed the city law that following month in August 2020. Public records show that the city agreed to settle the lawsuit in November 2020. According to the Sacramento Bee, the payout will only cover attorney fees. Lipeles did not seek damages in the case and will not be directly taking any of the payout money from the city. The money will cover attorney’s fees for the case, said Joseph Adams, Lipeles’ attorney. Lipeles did not seek damages.
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