Associated Press, Published September 04 2009
Appeals court rules against Susan Bala, former simulcast ownerFARGO - A federal appeals court has ruled against the former owner of a simulcast horse racing company who sued state and federal prosecutors for wrongful imprisonment.
Susan Bala had served 523 days in prison for illegal gambling when an appeals court reversed her conviction. Bala said later that U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson should have issued her a so-called certificate of innocence, which is required for legal action against the government.
In its ruling, a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said defendants in the case involving Bala and Fargo-based Racing Services Inc., "were not truly innocent of state criminal gaming law violations."
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