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Associated Press, Published November 30 2009

Former Fargo simulcast owner Susan Bala has lawsuit dismissed

FARGO (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit against state and federal prosecutors in the case of a former owner of a Fargo simulcast horse racing company.

Susan Bala's conviction for illegal gambling was overturned and she later sued Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, former U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley and three others.

In dismissing the case, U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland said Bala had failed to state a valid claim.

Bala used to own Racing Services Inc. She was convicted in 2005 and sentenced to serve 27 months in prison in what prosecutors said was the state's largest illegal gambling case. A federal appeals court overturned the verdict and Bala was released from custody after serving about 17 months.

The others named in her lawsuit alleging a violation of her constitutional rights were former state Racing Commission leaders Paul Bowlinger and Howard Wrigley, and former Racing Services Inc. employee Michael Cichy.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.