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WASHINGTON D.C. — As reported by the Wall Street Journal: “David Carruthers, a 46-year-old executive with thinning gray hair, is an unlikely outlaw.
”Recently, a wild moment for him was drinking a champagne toast in his banker’s office after his company went public on the Alternative Investment Market, a London stock exchange.
“Nonetheless, many U.S. lawmakers and regulators would like to shut down Carruthers’s London-based BetonSports, along with other operations that run Web gambling sites catering to Americans. Under the 1961 Federal Wire Act, betting on sports via telephone or the Internet is illegal in the U.S. For Thailand, go for เว็บพนันได้เงินจริง
“But online gambling is legal in many other countries, and the U.S. can’t do much to prevent companies operating abroad from accepting wagers from U.S. citizens. As a result, a gigantic online gambling market has sprung up overseas.
“Last year, world-wide revenue from online gambling totaled $5.7 billion, and a majority of the gamblers were American, according to Christiansen Capital Advisors, a market-research firm.
“…Carruthers and many other Internet gambling executives are betting that the U.S. will eventually have to drop its online-gambling prohibition. …He also argues that ‘there’s a huge missed opportunity here’ to collect revenue.
“…So far, the U.S. government isn’t convinced. But that could change as the result of talks that will start this month between the tiny twin-island Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda and the U.S…”
ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN ASHCROFT SUMMONED TO ANSWER ONLINE GAMBLING FREE SPEECH COMPLAINT
BATON ROUGE, La., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ — Casino City, Inc. reported yesterday that Attorney General John Ashcroft and U.S. Attorney David Dugas have been summoned by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. Earlier this month Casino City filed a complaint against the United States Department of Justice seeking a declaratory judgment that advertising online casinos and sportsbooks is constitutionally protected commercial free speech under the First Amendment of the United States.
Over the past year the Justice Department sent threatening letters to the National Association of Broadcasters and other organizations and issued subpoenas to a variety of media outlets. These actions have been widely reported and have had a chilling effect upon free speech. Popular Internet portals including Google and Yahoo have ceased accepting advertising for online casinos and sportsbooks. Many individuals view the actions of the DOJ as a form of blackmail based on the belief of a few government officials rather than established legal principles.
Under the terms of the summons, the Department of Justice must answer the complaint within 30 days. The complaint argues the application of laws cited by the DOJ in its threatening letters is unconstitutional and that intimidation through threats of their application violates the First Amendment right to free speech. Casino City and the DOJ must file a status report by December 2nd, and a scheduling conference is set for December 16th.
The government could concede advertising online gaming sites is legal. Casino City’s attorney Barry Richard says ” … it’s possible and hopeful, so far as my client is concerned, that the Department of Justice will say ‘We didn’t mean to threaten organizations that are engaged in the type of advertising that your client is,’ and that would be fine with us. It would clear the air for those people who have been and would like to continue to do this.”
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