One year ago, the residents of Florida undertook a poll and decided that greyhound racing, once a money-maker for Florida, will no longer be allowed.
The residents expressed prodigious support for America’s 13th Amendment, whose main aim was to ban dog racing. However, the issue did not end at this point. This past October, members of the greyhound racing community file a lawsuit stating that no due process was followed to help determine how far amendment 13 stretched.
According to the Jacksonville Business Journal, the state of Florida is looking to have the lawsuit quashed because it does not wish to defend its decisions and actions in court. The lawsuit wants the court to issue an injunction as they warring sides settle their differences.
Ashley Moody, Florida’s District Attorney, does not agree. She asked her lawyers to issue a response to the lawsuit by having it dismissed since the court has no authority to calf for an injunction. She states that currently, there is no government action that stops the directive.
She added that in the state of Florida, gambling is purely a privilege, not a fundamental right, and as such, it cannot be held to the same legal protection and compliance standards accorded to rights.
Her decision is likely to be upheld in court. Stakeholders of greyhound racing in Florida before they went to the ballot questioned the wording in the 13th Amendment. They felt that it was misleading and confusing, so they went to court.
Initially, a local judge sided with them; however, their claim was defeated at the Supreme Court. The ruling at the Supreme Court is likely to be crux that will stop the lawsuit from getting anywhere.