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Casino Gambling Raid Goes to Court

State excise officers in Indiana are being accused of violating an American Legion post’s constitutional rights by conducting searches for signs of illegal casino gambling. The Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission is being sued by this group because of these events. Casino machines – called ‘Cherry Master’ machines – are played by many. However, since Governor Mitch Daniels took office in January 2005, excise police have turned up the heat and enforcing the law more on those casino machines.

‘We originally contested at the administrative level, but then they said they wanted to revoke our liquor license,’ Arend Abel said. ‘That substantially upped the stakes.’
The New Haven American Legion Post 330 filed two lawsuits – one in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis and one in Allen Superior Court – last week after the commission informed the post it aim to revoke its liquor license, said Abel. These law suits will not go easily. When the casino gambling raid occurred, excise police entered the premises without a warrant, and confiscated $1,235 and computer circuit boards. It seems that Indiana is strictly watching the casino industry in order to keep it in check.

A March 22nd hearing has been scheduled. How these law suits will proceed in court is still unknown. It seems that the post was operating illegally, which puts a question mark above the integrity and standards of the operation as far as the liquor license is concerned. Casino gambling is an industry that is expanding in many states, but apparently is finding some opposition in Indiana. Online casino fans will have to stay tuned to find out how this case will be resolved.

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Jenny McKinnley is OCA’s financial correspondent. After spending years on the trading floor in both NY and London, she offers insight from the inside out on world financial news and events.