A federal judge has flatly refused a request from Gov. Rick Scott's administration to reconsider a ruling that Florida violated a gambling agreement with the Seminole Tribe.
U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle issued a two-page order late Tuesday, less than a week after attorneys for Scott and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation submitted a 33-page document requesting changes in Hinkle's Nov. 9 ruling in favor of the tribe.
"This case was tried to the court. A written opinion set out the court's findings of fact and conclusions of law. The defendant has moved to alter or amend the judgment," Hinkle wrote in the order. "For the most part, the motion simply reargues the merits. The original opinion correctly analyzes the issues. This order denies the motion to alter or amend."
The November ruling and Tuesday's order were part of a legal battle about blackjack and other types of games at Seminole casinos and what are known as "designated player games" at pari-mutuel facilities regulated by the state.