Motion to Amend Internet Gambling Complaint by Kentucky
17 December 2009
The Kentucky internet gambling case just keeps getting weirder by the day. On Wednesday, Kentucky Commonwealth attorneys filed a motion to add parties to its original complaint, which the Kentucky State Supreme Court heard in October. A hearing is now scheduled for January 20th before Judge Thomas Wingate, the circuit court magistrate who heard the original case in 2008.
Kentucky brought the case against 141 internet gambling domain names, arguing that the names constituted “gambling devices”, a term which is normally used to describe tangible items, such as slot machines, tables and such. Items normally found in a land based casino or gambling house. The Kentucky Supreme Court has not yet issued a ruling in the case.
Kentucky is playing extremely tight with information on the case. It has not disclosed names or addressed of people or companies involved to the general public or to the counsel for the Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association (iMEGA).
The domain names were seized in September 2008, allegedly without due process. At that time, Judge Wingate ruled in favor of the Commonwealth, causing several parties to appeal to the Kentucky Court of Appeals.
In January, by a 2 to 1 margin, the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled that the domain names did not constitute gambling devices.
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13 February 2009Kentucky’s Gambling Online Appeal Continues
The state of Kentucky has asked the judge to exceed the fifty page limit on the appeal to add 30 more pages to the appeals brief.The Appeals Court in Kentucky voted 2 to 1 that the internet domain names did not fit in the state statutes defined as “gambling devices”, and could not be used to support any civil action.It seems the attorneys in Kentucky need to add more space to add more contortion to the laws that don’t seem to exist to the briefs of the Appeal.Read full article
17 March 2009Kentucky shows their true colors
Finally, after all this time, the truth comes out in regards to the driving force behind Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s plight this past September in trying to seize 141 gambling-related domains. Judge Thomas Wingate presided over this case, and ruled in favor of Beshear; which was recently overturned in January. Beshear and the “Justice and Public Safety Cabinet” of Kentucy is currently appealing this decision, which hasn’t yet been heard in the Kentucy Supreme Court.Read full article