Judge rejects last bit of legal challenge to Ohio casinos


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A county judge has rejected the remaining bit of a legal challenge to Ohio’s casinos.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2dA1rl5 ) reports a Franklin County judge earlier this week rejected Frederick Kinsey’s claim that state constitutional amendments allowing casino gambling violates his federal constitutional rights.

Voters approved those amendments in 2009 and 2010, and a group of people associated with the Ohio Roundtable later sued to challenge the changes.

The Ohio Supreme Court dismissed most of those parties earlier this year for lack of legal standing. Kinsey had been the only one who remained.

There was no immediate reaction from the anti-gambling group.

An attorney for one of the companies involved in the lawsuit says the judge’s decision settles any argument that Ohio’s gambling laws are unconstitutional.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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