Harness racing drivers win appeal in lawsuit over suspension

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LANSING, MI (AP) – Harness racing drivers who were suspended from Michigan horse tracks after refusing to speak to state investigators will get another day in court.

A federal appeals court on Tuesday overturned a decision that had dismissed their lawsuit. The court says the Constitution entitled the harness drivers to remain silent in 2010 unless they were granted immunity from prosecution.

In a 3-0 decision, the court sent the case back to a federal judge in Detroit.

The lawsuit involves four harness racing drivers who were under scrutiny by the Michigan Gaming Control Board amid allegations of race-fixing. The drivers were never charged with a crime.

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