Judge Okays Southland Park for Additional Gaming

MAY 23, 2006 - Posted at 7:44 a.m. CST

WEST MEMPHIS, AR - A lawyer for Southland Greyhound Park says the track can move ahead with plans to offer more gambling now that a judge has decided to allow it.

A ruling by Circuit Judge David Burnett has not yet been filed in the lawsuit brought by the Family Action Council Committee to keep the West Memphis track from offering electronic games of skill.

But Southland attorney Kent Rubens told the Associated Press that he has received a draft of the judge's ruling in the mail.  Rubens said the judge instructed him to prepare a final order and circulate it among lawyers in the case before Burnett signs it and it is filed in Crittenden County Circuit Court.

The Family Action Council filed a similar lawsuit in Garland County against Oaklawn Park and Judge John Lineberger ruled in that track's favor May 2.

The two lawsuits challenge a new state law that allowed voters in Hot Springs and West Memphis to decide whether to authorize electronic games of skill at the tracks.

The Family Action Council says it will appeal the decisions.

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