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Elections and Constitutional Law: Certification of Initiative Petition to Ban Casino Gambling

Verrill successfully represented ten Massachusetts citizens who challenged the Attorney General’s refusal to certify an initiative petition under the state constitution that would have banned casino gambling in Massachusetts. In a unanimous opinion, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court vacated the Attorney General’s decision and directed that the petition be placed on the ballot before voters. Abdow v. Attorney General, 468 Mass. 478 (2014).

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