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Editorial: No surprise in state's loss in Poarch Creek gaming suit

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Newspaper isn't surprised that Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange lost a gaming lawsuit he filed against the Poarch Band of Creek Indians:
“Big Luther,” Alabama’s hyper-ambitious Attorney General Luther Strange, had been warned more than once. This page warned him. Other commentators warned him. If he had bothered to ask, members of the Alabama Bar Association most assuredly would have warned him, too.

Nevertheless, Strange went to court to challenge the right of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians to operate their casinos on tribal land in Alabama. The attorney general and his staff spent considerable time and taxpayer money to pursue this case. And just as we and others warned, he lost.

U.S. District Court Judge Keith Watkins, in a 60-page decision released last Friday, navigated what he described as “a complicated jurisdictional and federal statutory maze” that took him down a variety of legal pathways. “Ultimately,” Watkins wrote, “each pathway leads to a dead end for the State of Alabama.”

Get the Story:
Editorial: Dead end for Alabama — Attorney general’s fight against Poarch Creeks failed, as expected (The Anniston Star 4/15)

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Alabama vows speedy appeal in Poarch Creek gaming litigation (4/14)

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