AG Hood: No legal reason to stop building Jones Co. Casino

Jackson, MS (WDAM) -Attorney General Jim Hood says he sees no legal reason that would halt development of a proposed casino in Jones County.

Hood released his opinion today after Governor Haley Barbour asked him weeks ago to check the legal ramifications of expanding gaming beyond the native tribal choctaw land in Neshoba County.  The tribe is going ahead with plans to build a 17 million dollar, 27,000 square foot casino on the Bogue Homa reservation near Sandersville.  In his opinion, Hood said his staff found no viable legal cause of action that would halt the proposed development, either by challenging the 1992 gaming compact or by challenging the proposed development itself.

Tribal leaders say they are happy with today's ruling saying "We know that the private, for profit casinos are not happy about this project.  and their influence may be driving some of the opposition from state officials, but we know there is support for this project." The tribe hopes to have the casino open by the end of the year.

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