St. Louis Public Radio News
12:39 am
Mon April 13, 2009

Casino charges dropped against state lawmakers

Jefferson City, Mo. – Charges have been dropped against two lawmakers accused of presenting false identification at a Boonville casino.

Sen. Jeff Smith, of St. Louis, and Rep. Joe Aull, of Marshall, both Democrats, were charged in 2007 with misdemeanors after Aull let Smith use his casino-issued identification card to enter the Isle of Capri Casino.

The Cooper County court clerk's office said the case was closed two weeks ago. Smith said Monday that the charges against him have been dropped.

Aull's case had been moved to Pettis County. A clerk there said the case against Aull was dismissed March 23.

Voters in November approved a measure to remove Missouri's loss limits at casinos, which also eliminated the need for the ID cards.