Judge pushes back trial over gambling in Florida

The trial will determine if the Seminoles can have blackjack tables at their casinos.
The trial will determine if the Seminoles can have blackjack tables at their casinos.

The decision came after attorneys for the state and the Seminole Tribe of Florida asked for the delay.

US.- On Monday, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle agreed to push back a trial which result will decide whether the Seminole Tribe can have blackjack tables at their casinos or not.

The trial was initially scheduled for summer, but attorneys on both sides asked the judge to postpone it. The trial was rescheduled for October. The Seminole Tribe of Florida had filed the lawsuit last year, right after key portions of a 5-year gambling deal with the state expired.

Gov. Rick Scott in December reached a US$3 billion agreement with the tribe under which the Seminoles will be allowed to keep blackjack and add table games, such as craps and roulette at their gambling facilities. However, the deal was ignored by the Florida Legislature during this year’s session.