State Supreme Court weighs status of video sweepstakes

State Supreme Court weighs status of video sweepstakes

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on October 17, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 17 at 4:40 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's highest court is deciding whether the state can outlaw video sweepstakes parlors as gambling halls, or whether the video screens give the owners constitutional free-speech rights. 

The state Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in two cases in which amusement machine and other companies want to overturn a 2010 law banning video sweepstakes machines as a form of gambling. Sweepstakes halls have cropped up since the state outlawed video poker machines. 

A company attorney argued customers can find out from a clerk whether they've won, but using a video screen to share that information is no different than communicating in pictures, French or Braille. Attorney Kelly Daughtry says it's all protected speech. 

A state government attorney says no one has a right to run a gambling operation.

 

 

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