What Price Freedom for Peter Dicks
By Marianne Lambert
Yesterday a cheque for $400,000 was paid to the St Landry District Attorney, Louisiana, in return for dropping all computer gambling charges against Peter Dicks.

At the time of his arrest in New York on September 7th 2006, Mr Dicks was Sportingbet’s non-executive chairman. Having spent 12 days in jail fighting the arrest, New York Governor George Pataki reviewed the documents and decided that extradition of Mr Dicks to Louisiana was not appropriate. New York law allows extradition only when the accused was physically present in the state where the alleged crime was committed.

The Louisiana Advocate wrote that “Dicks could have been arrested had he set foot in Louisiana, but prosecutors did not expect that to happen any time soon.”

St. Landry Parish District Attorney Earl Taylor said that. “Due to the difficulty in obtaining jurisdiction over the defendants, and difficulty in securing evidentiary proof necessary to sustain a criminal prosecution, we have declined to institute prosecution and have cancelled the arrest warrants.”

Sportingbet called the agreement an “amicable resolution.” And both parties now consider the matter closed.

The money will be used to fight Internet crime.

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