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Skretny Rules Against the Casino

Filed under: Casinos, Local Interest, News

Bruce Jackson has posted the full text of the judge’s decision here.

And here’s what Bruce is reporting:

U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny has ordered the National Indian Gaming Commission to comply with National Indian Gaming Commission regulations in the case of the Senecas’ Buffalo casino, which means they are to shut it down. The government had argued that the judge had no right to tell the Department of the Interior and the National Indian Gaming Commission how to behave in this case and, moreover, they’d changed their rules recently, so he should just step aside and let them handle everything. The judge was having none of that foolishness. He denied their motions entirely and granted the plaintiffs’ request that the NIGC be told it had to do its job.

We’ll have an analysis of it online tomorrow and in Thursday’s print edition.


  • WNYMind

    Like I said before, the judge will kick this back to the NIGC, the NIGC will revoke the old license and issue a new one under the current rules. End of story.

    So, it is over, the Casino will move forward and the Casino opponents will have to look for a new way to fight the project. But, the NIGC gets to call the shots from here on out.

    BJ and company will try to argue otherwise, but they lost and are now in the post-rationale zone.

    A word of advice to the Wendt trustees. Don’t waste any more of the tax exempt dollars in your investment fund. You lost this battle and now it is time to cut your losses. Anything else would make me think you can’t stop using the Wendt resources in your gamble to close the casino.