McCollum tells high court not to review Seminole plea
Attorney General Bill McCollum filed his response today to the Seminole Tribe of Florida's petition for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court, which asked the court to review the Florida court order that threw out the compact.
The petition, filed last month, argues that when Gov. Charlie Crist signed the compact with the tribe to allow them to operate slot machines and table games at their seven casinos, he was acting under his executive authority and was not violating state law.
The Florida Supreme Court rejected that argument, however, and said the governor had no right to expand gambling in Florida unless the Legislature had authorized the change in law.
The lawsuit, meanwhile, provides the tribe with some measure of legal cover as state lawmakers seem to be bearing down on federal prosecutors in an effort to get them to snatch the casino games away from the tribe. House members gathered for the select committee to review the Seminole compact seemed determined to make the point that the tribe was operating illegally because there is no legal compact. With a case pending before the high court, maybe the tribe can take cover.
But McCollum's answer to the petition is simple: Don't bother with a review, he tells the court. He argues that the Florida Supreme Court acted legally and that it had the proper authority to throw out the compact. Download Response to Petition for Certiorari - Gaming Download Seminole Tribe of FL v. FL House Pet. for Writ of Certiorari