AMERICAN SAMOA LEGISLATOR SUES GOVERNOR OVER POKER MACHINES

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (April 19, 1999 - Samoa News)---Rep. Muavaefa’atasi Ae Ae, Jr. and an unnamed private resident have filed suite in the High Court of American Samoa over the illegality of poker machines and the lack of law enforcement pertaining to the machines.

They two have sued the American Samoa Government, Governor Tauese P. Sunia and Attorney General Toetagata Albert Ma’ilo.

They also have sued, or named as co-defendants, the owner-operators of all the Territory’s poker machines, including Te’o Fuavai, the Commissioner of Public Safety.

"Gambling is an addictive activity, destructive to the health, safety and morals of both the person addicted and society as a whole," stated the complaints.

The complaint also states that the poker machine operators and other defendants are "openly, publicly, repeatedly, continuously, persistently and intentionally" violating local laws.

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