Re:... farther off than one would like
Posted by: MsEllaneous
Date: September 15, 2002 02:10PM
September 05, 2002
American DOJ nixes online gambling
After many months of silence on the issue, the Bush Administration has finally made its stand clear on internet gambling. In a letter on August 23, Assistant Attorney General Michael Chertoff wrote to Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairman Dennis Neilander and indicated that Internet casino gambling is illegal under existing federal law.
Specifically, the law in question is the 1961 Wire Act, which up until now has only been used to prosecute illegal sports gambling operations, and was not applied to casino games. The decision reinforces a previous stance made by the Clinton administration on the same issue. The letter puts an end to hopes in the state of Nevada that would see them become the first state to host legal, regulated online gambling.
The move by the Department of Justice does not take into account previous case law and opinions to the contrary, which have been raised to argue that the obscure law does not in fact apply to anything outside of illegal sportsbetting. A pending case before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals still holds a chance of supporting that limitation.