SPEAKING ROCK NOT SILENCED YET IN EL PASO

February 02, 2002 9:53 PM
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Speaking Rock still has a voice in El Paso, at least until Feb. 11.

The El Paso casino will not be forced to end gambling operations until that date at the earliest. The Feb. 11 date will be when the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will issue its mandate on the case.

Texas Attorney General John Cornyn filed a lawsuit in federal court three years ago claiming that the eight-year-old casino was illegal under state law.

The Tiguas are challenging Cornyn's action, which would strip the tribe of their reported $60 million a year enterprise. More than 700 people are expected to lose their jobs.