SCOTUS grants second extension in FL sports betting case

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The Supreme Court of the United States has granted a second extension to the Department of Justice in the case challenging the legality of sports betting in Florida.

The DOJ requested the extension last week, once again citing problems with the workload of the attorneys assigned to this case.

The group initially requested an extension on March 5, giving them until April 12. Now, the government has until May 13 to file a response. With that delay, it will be well into the summer if the Supreme Court chooses to hear the case.

SCOTUS is usually in recess from early June into the first Monday in October.

There is still no guarantee the court will grant a writ of certiorari and hear the case. At least four of the justices will need to be interested enough to hear the case in order for the court to hear it. While Justice Brett Kavanaugh has expressed interest in the case, none of the other justices have directly said anything about the case.

Justice Neal Gorsuch is known for being a judge with a keen interest in tribal rights and affairs, so it is possible he too could see value in hearing the case.

At the heart of the case is whether or not the DOI-approved compact between the Seminole Tribe of Florida and Gov. Ron DeSantis can allow for online gambling. The compact alleges the location of the servers on tribal land make online betting okay while plaintiff West Flager and Associates contend the phones and computers people wager on is where the bet is taking place.