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AG Wants Illegal Gaming Stopped

September 12th, 2008 by flanews

Florida’s Attorney General says blackjack and Vegas style slot machine games need to stop. A compact Governor Charlie Crist signed with the Seminole Tribe was ruled illegal by the Florida Supreme Court in July. Governor Crist asked the court for a rehearing. The hearing was denied. Despite the courts ruling, the games are still being played in some Seminole casinos. Attorney General Spokeswoman Sandi Copes said state investigators are working with the US Attorney’s office to see what can be done.

“It’s an interesting situation. The state of Florida may not have standing but we’re looking at that right now. We’re working with the US Attorney down in the Southern District of Florida because it’s possible the US Attorney may have primary jurisdiction on this matter. We’ve offered him assistance if he needs our help in looking into this particular matter. But again we’re not precluded at this point. We don’t believe we’ve run out of options. We’re still looking at it to see if there’s anything we could possible do,” said Copes.

The Seminole Tribe could keep the games with approval from the state legislature.

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