Idaho court upholds decision to toss gaming suit

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BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho Supreme Court has upheld a lower courtdecision to toss out a lawsuit aimed at removing tribal video gamingmachines from the Fort Hall Casino.

The lawsuit was filed againstthe state in 2008 by Wendy Knox and Richard Dotson, who argued thegaming machines at the tribal casino violate the Idaho Constitution'sprohibition on gambling. Knox and Dotson say they became compulsivegamblers who lost tens of thousands of dollars, their jobs and home byplaying at the casino.

Fort Hall Casino is located on tribal landand operated by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. Tribal gaming was approvedby voters as a ballot initiative in 2001.

Seventh District JudgeDarren Simpson dismissed the lawsuit, ruling the eastern Idaho couplelacked standing. The justices unanimously agreed in a ruling issuedFriday.

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