Judges Won’t Be Gambling at Conference Due to 4th Circuit Request
Posted Apr 8, 2011 5:40 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Judges attending a conference sponsored by a federal appeals court this June won’t be visiting the casino.
The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., is closing its underground casino at the request of the conference sponsor, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals based in Richmond, Va. The Charleston Gazette has the story.
The resort has tentative plans to open its smaller Tavern Casino, usually available only for private parties, for hotel guests not attending the conference, according to the story. But the venue will be off-limits to judges, lawyers and law clerks attending the 4th Circuit event. It was unclear how the rule would be enforced, the Gazette says.
Caron Paniccia, assistant executive of administration for the 4th Circuit, said the court does not want its use of the Greenbrier to be viewed as a tacit endorsement of gambling. The meeting is required by statute and public funds are used for meeting materials and speakers, she told the Charleston Gazette.
Hat tip to How Appealing.