July 3, 2013
LEXINGTON, KY—"We are very encouraged that the Supreme Court wants to talk about what we want to talk about and what the Horse Racing Commission and the horse tracks don't want to talk about," said Martin Cothran, spokesman for The Family Foundation, after the Supreme Court announced oral arguments for the Instant Racing case for 10:00 AM August 21.
"Our brief focused on two issues: whether our right to ask questions was violated at the trial court level and whether Instant racing is parimutuel horse racing." The High Court asked that oral arguments be divided equally between the issue of discovery and the substantive issues of the case.
"We have maintained from the beginning that the facts of this case are essential in order to decide it properly," said Cothran, "and Instant Racing advocates have been opposed to those facts being known. The Court's announcement could be a sign that someone in the legal system actually thinks that they need to know what Instant Racing is in order to make a decision about it."