Friday, April 04, 2008

Attorney for lobbyist in Isle of Capri case says law is "unconstitutionally vague"

Cooper County Circuit Court records on indicate former Isle of Capri lobbyist Lynne Schlosser is trying to have a misdemeanor charge dismissed because Missouri law is "unconstitutionally vague."

Ms. Schlosser was still on the Isle of Capri payroll on July 31 when she allegedly talked Rep. Joseph Aull, D-Marshall, into giving his identification to Sen. Jeff Smith, D-St. Louis, so Smith could gamble at the Isle of Capri casino in Boonville.

Smith was caught, and he, Aull, and Ms. Schlosser were arrested on misdemeanor charges.

The arrests, as noted exclusively in the Sept. 1 Turner Report, occurred during a junket financed by another Isle of Capri lobbyist, Chris Liese:

Smith, Aull, Aull's wife Candee, and four other Democratic legislators, Rep. Judy Baker, D-Columbia, Sen. Chuck Graham, D-Columbia, Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, and Sen. Wes Shoemyer, D-Clarence, had their meals and drinks paid for by an Isle of Capri lobbyist, according to the documents, but that lobbyist was not Lynne Schlosser, who allegedly suggested that Smith use Aull's identification. Ms. Schlosser no longer works for Isle of Capri, and does not list any gifts for the month of July.
A total of $910 for "meals, food, and beverage" is listed on the disclosure form filed by Chris Liese, $130 each for the six legislators and Mrs. Aull.

An April 22 hearing is scheduled for Ms. Schlosser. Aull is scheduled to go to trial in June in Pettis County, where the case was sent following a change of venue. No trial date has been scheduled for Smith.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Unless someone in this scenario wasn't 21, I don't understand what the issue is.

Do me a favor and gamble sometime in a real state that has real casinos (and real loss limits) and you will find out that ID's aren't mandatory (just like people clearly overage aren't ID'ed for liquor every day). Leave the puritanical mysticism at the door, please.