Bingo! San Francisco Court Rules Against Gambling-Loving Charities, Disabled Groups.

San Francisco's 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last week did not call the numbers a consortium of  charities and disabled activists were hoping for, quashing an order that had been keeping police from enforcing state bans on electric bingo machines.

In doing so, the court ruled that a 2008 state law — Senate Bill 1369 — banning certain models of electronic bingo devices does not contravene the Americans With Disabilities Act. (those of you who ever wagered that the ADA would be used to fight for the rights of the disabled to participate in electronic bingo action, go collect your winnings now). This ruling was a blow to the eclectic group of electric bingo partisans taking on the Bureau of Gambling Control and Sacramento County's Sheriff's Department: American Legion Posts, high school athletic boosters, United Cerebral Palsy of Sacramento, and, naturally, the makers of electric bingo machines.

A state district court had actually bought the plaintiffs' argument and granted a preliminary injunction forbidding law enforcement to move in on the charities and disabled folks enjoying their electronic bingo. Yet one gets the feeling that the judges on the 9th Circuit Court panel wonder if their colleagues have bingo balls for brains: “The district court … abused its discretion in granting plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction.”

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