Supreme Court to make ruling on legality of gaming device licenses

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“Our office is prepared to take criminal action against those who violate quarantine orders when warnings and education efforts aren’t enough,” said Attorney General Leevin T. Camacho. (PNC file photo)

Guam – The Supreme court is expected to make a ruling on gaming machine licenses, answering once and for all if gaming devices are legal or not.

In a release from the Attorney General’s Office AG Leevin Camacho states, “the position of the Office of the Attorney General has not changed in the decade-long question of whether gaming devices are legal or not. The Office firmly maintains that gambling devices cannot and should not be licensed on Guam. We will continue to take whatever action is necessary to see that the law is upheld and gambling devices are not licensed.”

But the ultimate deciding authority is the Supreme Court of Guam which is overseeing the case involving the AG and the Department of Revenue and Taxation.

The case involves approximately 1,200 gaming devices which were licensed in 2008 allegedly in violation of Guam’s amusement devices licensing laws. The AG sued DRT to revoke the licenses which were revoked after a court order. Following this Guam Music Inc interverned and filed a new lawsuit in an attempt to have the gaming license re-issued. According to Camacho, the parties agreed to dismiss the two cases in 2012. The OAG believed that this meant the gambling devices would remain unlicensed because it is not legal to license gambling devices. DRT, however, then issued gaming machine licenses. In response, the OAG filed its current case arguing that DRT should be prohibited from issuing gaming machine licenses.

The Supreme court is expected to rule on two pending motions which deal with the merits of gaming regulations, Camacho says “this ruling will ultimately decide the validit of the gaming device regulations once and for all.”

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.