Judges Julio Fuentes of New Jersey and D. Michael Fisher and Thomas Vanaskie of Pennsylvania comprise the judicial panel. Circuit Judges listed for the week are Fuentes, Fisher, and Michael Chagares of New Jersey per John Brennan of NorthJersey.com, who SBR interviewed in October of last year.
SBR reported on March 1st that District Court Judge Michael Shipp ruled against the state in their quest to proceed with offering legal sports betting in Atlantic City.
The ruling upheld federal law PASPA – the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 – which outlaws sportsbetting nationwide with the exceptions of Nevada, Oregon, Delaware, and Montana. The major sports leagues and the NCAA vehemently oppose New Jersey’s plan, which is what started the original case in federal court.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a former US Attorney himself and one of the parties to the lawsuit estimated a time-frame of one year in the Apellate Court and another year for the loser in the Appellate level to be heard by the US Supreme Court for a final ruling.
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