Monday, January 7, 2008

"Federal judge rejects injunction on gambling compact in Florida"

Give it up, Bill. It's OVER! O-V-E-R. A Federal judge shot down Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum's last ditch attempt to keep the U.S. Department of Interior from formally accepted the gaming compact signed in November between the Seminole tribe and Florida Governor Charlie Christ as you can read in this Jan. 5 Sun-Sentinel article:

The federal government can validate a Seminole Indian gambling compact on Monday as planned without hindering the state Supreme Court's power to toss out the deal in the future, a federal judge ruled Friday.

U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman rejected state Attorney General Bill McCollum's attempt to keep the U.S. Department of the Interior from formally accepting a compact reached in November between the tribe and Gov. Charlie Crist.

The ruling has no practical affect on whether the tribe will ultimately offer blackjack and other high-states casino games, but it did shoot down what federal lawyers called McCollum's improper efforts to meddle into federal jurisdiction.

Improper efforts? LOL! You're a bad widdle Attorney General! The Department of Interior attorneys went on to further castigate Bad Boy Bill and his "pointless lawsuit":

In court papers, Interior Department attorneys ripped McCollum's efforts, saying the state had no jurisdiction in the matter and arguing the entire lawsuit was pointless.

"Plaintiff has no possibility of success on the merits," federal lawyers argued, citing a requirement for issuing an injunction. "[McCollum's] attempt to interfere with the administrative process is disruptive, as well as contrary to Congress' will."

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