PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) -- A judge has upheld a Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians decision denying a petition for an election on a casino project in the Bogue Homa community in Jones County.
Tribal Judge Jeffrey Webb issued the decision Friday. Webb said the tribal Election Commission acted properly in denying the petition by three Tribe members.
At a hearing earlier this week, the attorney for the tribal members argued the office of tribal chief Beasley Denson and the Election Committee used technicalities to deny the petition.
The Election Committee said it had followed the laws of the Tribe, which address a referendum, and the petition was deficient and untimely filed.
About 500 to 700 slot machines and a snack shop are planned for the 7,000-square-foot casino. It is scheduled to open in mid-December with about 250 workers.