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Judge Stephan Mickle Dismisses Pompano Case Against the Seminole Tribe

On July 10th, 2008, in a decision made late afternoon, a federal judge has thrown Pompano Beach's lawsuit which aims to block high-stakes blackjack and baccarat games that are being offered by the Seminole Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The federal judge said that the Seminole Tribe cannot be named as respondents to such a case.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Stephan P. Mickle's decision is historic, because it could allow the Indian tribe to feature the games for an indefinite period of time while other lawsuits continued to be heard over the Seminole gaming. Judge Mickle's decision came after the decision of the state Supreme Court that the gambling compact between Governor Charlie Crist and the Seminole Tribe is invalid.

The gambling compact gave the Seminole Tribe the go signal to feature the casino table games in return for cash payments to the state. The Supreme Court said that the gaming compact still needs the approval of the legislators.

Armed with the decision of the Supreme Court, the Pompano Harness Racing Track filed a case against Governor Charlie Crist and U.S. Interior Secretary Dick Kempthorne in order to immediately stop blackjack and other card games at the Seminole casino from continuing.


Sunday, July 27 , 2008
Kim Watson