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Online Casino News - November, 2008

Kentucky Court of Appeals Grants Petition to iMEGA



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by Devon Chappell, News Staff Writer

November 15, 2008

There may be some light at the end of the tunnel in the Kentucky case against some 141 online gambling sites after all. According to reports by the Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association (iMEGA), who has been tirelessly working to defend the rights of players and casino operators, the Kentucky Court of Appeals has granted a motion to stay the ruling by Judge Michael J. Brown that would give Kentucky the right to seize 141 online gambling domain names and effectively put the websites out of business.

If you may recall, Kentucky Governor, Steve Beshear, with the help of the State Secretary of Justice, began a persecutory onslaught against internet betting destinations doing business with Kentucky residents. Outsourcing Chicago-based lawyers on an apparent "no win, no pay" agreement, Governor Beshear has thus far been successful in his campaign, which iMEGA and many other activists view as a complete and misplaced abuse of power that could set a dangerous precedent.

According to iMEGA Chairman, Joe Brennan Jr., Governor Beshear has exceeded his jurisdiction and is only doing so for Kentucky's financial gain. If this ruling was to stand (which Brennan is confident will be reversed), any government, whether it be local or State, foreign or domestic, could theoretically apply blackmail techniques to achieve its own gains. Brennan used a scenario of China seizing free media from reaching its citizens as an example. And when you look at Kentucky's argument and tactics in the case (applying and interpreting a definition of "illegal gambling devices" to include domain names), the China analogy is not far off at all.

Perhaps this is why the Court of Appeals has granted iMEGA the opportunity to challenge Judge Brown's ruling. Now, instead of a forfeiture hearing scheduled for December 3, 2008, a hearing on December 12th will be held in which iMEGA will be given the floor to advance their petition.



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