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Reprieve for Pauma Tribe on State Compact

Judge: Pauma doesn’t have to pay, for now

By ONELL R. SOTO, Staff Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune
Sign on San Diego | Tuesday, April 6, 2010

SAN DIEGO — A San Diego federal judge has given North County’s Pauma Indian band a reprieve from multimillion-dollar payments to the state under a 2004 gambling deal.

Judge Larry Burns said the state compact was entered into mistakenly and ruled the tribe doesn’t have to pay under its terms until he makes a final ruling on the deal. Burns said he’s leaning toward undoing the compact and gave lawyers for the state time to come up with arguments to change his mind.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said through a spokesman that his legal team is reviewing its options.

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