Crist, Seminoles Ask Court to Rehear Gambling Case

logo_shr.gif(As Reporter by the Sun-Sentinel)-Gov. Charlie Crist and the Seminole Tribe asked the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday to reconsider its order this month striking down the deal to allow blackjack and baccarat table games in tribal casinos. “The court made the statement that what is illegal in Florida is illegal on the Indian reservation. That’s not true, it’s more complex than that,” Seminole lawyer Barry Richard said.

The tribe had 15 days following the high court’s July 3 ruling to ask for a rehearing.

Short of a federal court order, the tribe maintains it can keep the games in place at its Hard Rock resort near Hollywood.

Richard said Crist’s office filed a separate brief arguing the Florida justices went too far in curtailing the governor’s authority to negotiate with the tribe.

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Readers weigh in… 

What are your thoughts on the current dispute over the legality of the compact made between Gov. Crist and the Seminole Tribe?  Are you utilizing any of the new gaming machines or table games at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood? Do you agree with the Supreme Courts decision that “what is illegal in Florida is illegal on the Indian reservation”?