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High Court to Hear Arguments in Poker Pro Phil Ivey Divorce Case
A Nevada high court is set to hear arguments in the ongoing saga of poker pro Phil Ivey’s divorce to wife Luciaetta.
In an order filed Wednesday, Chief Justice Nancy Saitta directed the court clerk to schedule this matter for the “next available calendar”.
"Based on our preliminary review of the record and the briefs, we have determined that oral argument would be of assistance in resolving the issues presented by the appeal," according to the order.
Luciaetta Ivey filed a petition last September to have the original Clark County Family Court judge removed after it was learned that her husband donated significant amounts of money towards his political campaign.
"The public is entitled to know that impartiality is the rule for the judiciary," according to Luciaetta Ivey's petition, which challenges the decision of Chief District Judge Jennifer Togliatti, who denied Luciaetta’s motion to disqualify Gonzalez. "Further, Luciaetta is entitled to fairness and the appearance of fairness before this court and recusal is the only way that she can be sure to receive both.”
"While the scheduling of oral argument is significant, and we appreciate the opportunity to more fully explain our position to the Supreme court, it certainly doesn't mean that we will prevail," said Luciaetta Ivey's lawyer, Bruce Shapiro. "What it does mean is that the Supreme Court is taking a serious look at the issue, has additional questions, and we have full confidence in the court to render the appropriate decision."
The date and location of the arguments have not been announced.
- Nagesh Rath, Gambling911.com
Submitted by Nagesh Rath on Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:20