PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — New Jersey’s latest try at legalizing sports betting has been blocked in federal appeals court.
The Third Circuit ruled the state was trying to make an end run around federal law when it repealed its ban on such wagering at casinos and racetracks.READ MORE: 'Hold Him Accountable': Philadelphia School District Teacher Let Student Make Wooden Gun In Shop Class, Parent Says
“Interestingly, the law does not prohibit sports betting in the US, it just prohibits states from authorizing and regulating sports betting,” said Chris Soriano, a gaming attorney with Duane Morris in Cherry Hill.READ MORE: All Lanes Of I-95 Northbound Near Bridge Street Closed Due To Crash
Writing the majority opinion in the 10-2 decision, Judge Midge Rendell warned “states may not use clever drafting or mandatory construction provisions to escape the supremacy of federal law.”MORE NEWS: At Least 3 People Shot, Killed In Violent Thursday Night In Philadelphia
New Jersey could appeal to the Supreme Court, though the justices rejected an earlier challenge to the 1992 ban on sports betting.