Schwarzenegger to ask for rehearing in compact lawsuit

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) plans to ask the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear a gaming compact negotiation dispute.

Schwarzenegger demanded additional revenues from the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians in response to the tribe's request for more slot machines. The demand was made in bad faith because the state didn't offer any meaningful concessions, the court said on Tuesday.

“This is a great, big message to the state,” Rincon Chairman Bo Mazzetti told The San Diego Union-Tribune. “Your days of trying to bully tribes around … those days are over.”

If the 9th Circuit declines to rehear the case, the state could appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Get the Story:
Court rules for tribes on profit sharing (The San Diego Union-Tribune 4/21)
State can't tie revenue to casino expansion (The San Francisco Chronicle 4/21)
Judges rule that Schwarzenegger strongarmed gaming tribe (The Sacramento Bee 4/21)

9th Circuit Decision:
Rincon Band v. Schwarzenegger (April 20, 2010)

Earlier Story:
Rincon Band wins case on Class III compact negotiation (4/20)
Pauma Band awaits final ruling in gaming compact case (4/19)
Judge indicates he might invalidate Pauma casino compact (4/6)
Another California tribe wins case over slot machine cap (3/31)