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Philadelphia Casino Site Draws Lawsuit From Neighborhood Civic Groups

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A Foxwoods casino on the Delaware River and the SugarHouse casino a few miles up the river were overjoyed when they received the necessary licenses from the Philadelphia Gaming Control Board, now the two groups are facing opposition.

Civic groups in the neighborhoods of Pennsport, Society Hill, Old City, and Northern Liberties, and some individual residents have filed a Federal lawsuit.

In the lawsuit the groups claim that by allowing the casino it will bring added crime to the area, along with pollution and congestion.

The other area of the lawsuit is one of interest, the groups claim that former commission chairman Tad Decker should have taken himself out of the decision making process since he had ties to Cozen O’Connor, the law firm that represents Sugarhouses developer.

Decker has returned to the firm as their president and chief operating officer after leaving for three years to be the gaming board chairman.

The groups have already tried to disrupt the expansion of the two casinos by challenging the licenses in state court, but that attempt failed and they have now moved on to their Federal lawsuit.

Gambling Mecca Macau Has Corruption Trial Begin Against Top Official

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Billions and billions of dollars have been spent on building luxurious hotel and casino resorts in the city of Macau, so many, in fact, that Macau has become the gambling capital of the World.

On Monday, however, some of the building of these resorts came under scrutiny as a trial began against a former secretary for transport and public works official was ready to begin standing trial for 76 counts of corruption.

The trial focuses around Ao Man-long, the former official who is accused of money laundering, abuse of power, and accepting bribes. The trial could take up to a month as there are over 100 witnesses that are set to be called to the stand.

Ao was said to have taken millions of dollars in kickbacks from developers to help speed up the construction of the city’s multi billion dollar casinos.

Prosecutors claim that Ao has accrued over $100 million over a seven year period. That number is nearly 57 times his income as the top policy secretary.

The arrest came as a shock to many in the industry as he was the one that gave the approvals for land sales to the property developers of these lavish casinos.

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