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Arizona groups ask for reconsideration in casino case

PHOENIX — Opponents of a proposed Las Vegas-style casino near Phoenix are
asking a federal judge to reconsider his recent ruling that declared the
construction plans legal.

Officials representing Arizona, the Gila River Indian Community and the Salt
River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community filed the motion for partial
reconsideration on Monday.

U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell said in a ruling last week that the
Tohono O’odham Nation’s plan to build a casino on the edge of Glendale doesn’t
violate the state’s gambling laws.

But the plaintiffs said Campbell overlooked important evidence that showed the
Nation had once made public statements saying that state law did prohibit new
casinos in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

The tribe unveiled plans for the sprawling casino complex miles from its
existing reservation in 2009.


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