Conn. atty. gen. says casinos not immune from laws
September 14, 2009
HARTFORD, Conn. - Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is siding with a Connecticut family that's suing the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority over a 2007 accident involving an intoxicated patron of the tribe's casino.
Blumenthal announced Monday that he has filed a friend of the court brief with the Connecticut Appellate Court, urging the judges to overturn a trial court ruling that determined tribal casinos are exempt from certain liquor laws, such as dram shop laws that allow someone injured by an intoxicated individual to sue the establishment that served them alcohol.
Emily Vanstaen-Holland, a pedestrian, was struck by a car driven by someone who had been drinking at the Mohegan Sun. Fifteen-years-old at the time, she suffered life-altering injuries.
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EDITORIAL FOOTNOTE: Was the alleged driver in this accident a former Mohegan Tribal Councilor? What was the end result of this case in the Connecticut Criminal Court System? Did the Mohegan Sun Casino over indulge him? Who is to blame, the casino or the driver? What do you think?