New Judge Allowing Dog Breeders to Enter into Lawsuit Challenging Expanded Gambling in West Memphis

APRIL 5, 2006 - Posted at 7:51 a.m. CST

MARION, AR - A new judge assigned to hear a lawsuit challenging expanded gambling at Southland Greyhound Park has allowed dog owners and breeders to enter the suit.

A 2005 law allowed the expansion of "electronic games of skill" at Hot Springs' Oaklawn Park and at the greyhound track in West Memphis, provided that voters approved.  Voters in both cities approved the expansions in special elections last November.

Suits challenging the constitutionality of the law were filed by the Family Council Action Committee in December in Garland County, where Hot Springs is located, and in Crittenden County, site of the dog track.

Judges in both counties stepped aside from the case.

In Crittenden County, Judge David Burnett is hearing the case.  He has filed an order allowing the Arkansas Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association to enter the suit, citing their financial interest in the outcome.

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