Karen Carter Peterson, a Democrat senator made public that she had a gambling issue and had self-excluded herself from entering or participating in any such activity.
However, she was summoned by the Louisiana State Police for entering L’Auberge Baton Rouge casino last month. Her visiting the casino violated her self-exclusion to get in a casino.
In her statement on social media Peterson wrote, “It is a disease. “From time to time, I have relapsed; I have let myself down as well as family and friends who are near and dear to me.” Besides, she also said that this was intentional as it should not have been made public.
In Louisiana, problem gamblers could face up to 5 years in prison and $500 fine for getting into a casino. However, it is not clear if anybody has been charged for anything similar.
East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore III, told The Advocate “We try not to prosecute cases where people make mistakes and take the appropriate steps to address their action, as opposed to people who don’t or who commit violent acts.This case doesn’t affect public safety. The action by the person is sufficient to deal with the issue.”
“That’s how we handle just about all of these kinds of self-exclusion violations. You don’t need the criminal justice system to be involved when someone has committed an offense that hasn’t affected public safety,” he added.
The self-excluded gamblers are not allowed to enter a casino, and it is also the responsibility of the operators in the state. Regulators can act to make sure that Casino operators comply with the existing rules.
Earlier, in February this year, Belle of Baton Rouge had to pay a fine of $100,000 for not identifying an excluded person to play at the facility. The operators had also issued him a loyalty card.