The investors behind Foxwoods, the long-stalled South Philly casino that had its license revoked in December, argued today that the state Gaming Control Board was wrong to take that action without first holding what amounts to a trial to consider evidence.
Attorney Steven Cozen said the board took the advice of its staff on two key factors – whether the investors were still financially suitable to build a casino and if they had violated a set of deadlines to make that happen – without calling a single witness to testify.
“They used an improper procedure in order to short-circuit our rights in order to get the result they wanted,” Cozen argued in front of the state Commonwealth Court. “That’s not right.”
James Eisenhower, an attorney for the board, countered that the gaming regulators “bent over backwards” to work with the investors, who were just introducing a third casino operator after four years of delays. The investors were not able to meet a deadline to open the casino by this May 29 and the board opted not to offer an available extension to Dec. 31, 2012.