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High Court Hears Poker Star’s Divorce Case

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A divorce case involving poker pro Phil Ivey has the Nevada Supreme Court considering whether judges should sit out cases involving people from whom they’ve accepted campaign contributions.

The state high court heard 45 minutes of oral arguments Tuesday in Carson City on a lawsuit by Ivey’s ex-wife, Luciaetta Ivey, alleging that decisions by judge who handled the couple’s uncontested divorce in December 2009 were tainted by a $5,000 campaign donation.

Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Justice Michael Douglas noted that Nevada judges are elected, and judges have to raise money to run.

Chief Justice Michael Cherry said a rule blocking contributions to judicial campaigns might violate free speech rights.

Cherry says any decision could affect the 2014 campaigns of all 82 district judges in the state.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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