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Retired justice takes pro-casino stand

September 24, 1998
By: Lee McGuire
State Capital Bureau

The former state supreme court judge who appears in a political ad for the gambling industry says he didn't get any money for the spot. He says he hasn't even seen it yet. Lee McGuire has more from Jefferson City.

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Bargett's (BAR-jay) law firm now represents two floating casinos. He says that's how he got involved in the gambling industry's campaign to get voter approval of a boats-in-moats amendment to the state constitution.

Bardgett says that he agreed to appear in a television spot because he thinks the boats-in-moats have a legal right to stay in business.

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Contents: Bardgett says he felt people misunderstood the issue of boats-in-moats.

The pro-gaming organization "Missourians for Fairness and Jobs" sponsored the ad. In Jefferson City, Lee McGuire, KMOX News.


The former state supreme court justice who appears in a political ad for the gambling industry says boats-in-moats have every legal right to operate. Lee McGuire has the story from Jefferson City.

Retired supreme court justice John Bardgett's law firm now represents 2 floating casinos. But he says he didn't get any money for his role in a gambling industry television spot.

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Contents: Bardgett says he felt people ought to know more about the issue, regardless of what they think about gambling in general.

On Tuesday St. Louis County representative Todd Akin told KMOX that he believed the gambling industry's ads were misleading. But Bardgett says the casinos are running an honest campaign. In Jefferson City, Lee McGuire, KMOX News.