The lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state's casinos has been tossed out.
A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Ohio's four casinos and seven "racinos" has been thrown out. Judge Timothy Horton ruled the Ohio Roundtable didn't have legal standing to file the suit.
The decision comes after two of the four casinos in Ohio have opened and just days before Scioto Downs, the first race track with video lottery terminals, is set to welcome gamblers.
Horton wrote that the judiciary "operates within certain boundaries and should not be used wantonly and/or for political or social gain."
He added that throughout the pleadings and oral arguments the Ohio Roundtable "offered little more than bare assertions of harm or injury. Given plaintiffs’ dearth of support, the court questions plaintiffs’ real purpose in bringing these claims."
The group filed the suit last October against Gov. John Kasich, the Ohio Lottery Commission, the Ohio tax commissioner, the Ohio Casino Control Commission, and several individual members and directors of the commissions.
Calls to the Ohio Roundtable were not immediately returned. They do have the option to appeal the decision. The group has been a long-time opponent of gambling in Ohio.
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