David Carruthers Changes Guilty Plea
30 September 2009
This makes all of us wonder why he pled guilty in the first place. What difference this will make? Who knows? Could it be our government has offered him something else? Only time will tell, no pun intended.
MISSOURI — As reported by The Guardian: “The British online gambling executive David Carruthers, who has spent three years under house arrest in Missouri, has withdrawn his ‘guilty’ plea just days before he was due to be sentenced by a US court on racketeering charges for breaching America’s sweeping restrictions on internet gaming.
“Carruthers was chief executive of the betting firm Betonsports until he was arrested in 2006 while changing planes at Dallas airport en route from Britain to the company’s operational base in Costa Rica. In a case that drew international attention and accusations of judicial over-reach, the Scottish businessman was accused of breaking US law for presiding over a company that accepted unlawful sports bets on the internet from Americans.
“…In April, he agreed to plead guilty under a deal with prosecutors in return for a recommended penalty of 33 months’ imprisonment.
“…The reason for Carruthers’s apparent change of heart is unclear.
“Several other Betonsports executives are still pleading guilty, including the company’s founder, Gary Kaplan…”
We Will keep you updated as this developes.
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