In America, Judge Thomas Wingate from Kentucky has denied a motion filed by websites, poker players and Internet associations to stop the state from seizing 141 domain names associated with online gambling.
In a 44-page ruling issued late yesterday, the Franklin Circuit Court Judge stated that he had not been swayed by arguments in an injunction filed by opposing lawyers that interfering with the Internet would wreak havoc and set a court date of November 17.
“The Internet, with all its benefits and advantages to modern-day commerce and life, is still not above the law,' wrote Judge Wingate.
The ruling stated that online gambling websites that blocked Kentuckians from using their services within 30 days of his directive would not be subject to the seizure order. In addition, he ordered attorneys that had represented gambling websites in the matter to disclose the identity of their clients, which followed protests from the state that lawyers who did not reveal the names of their patrons had no standing with which to argue their case.
The case began late last month when Michael Brown, Secretary of Justice and Public Safety, brought a civil action on behalf of the Commonwealth of Kentucky with the backing of Democrat Governor Steve Beshear seeking the seizure and forfeiture of domain names used to promote or provide illegal gambling within the state. An injunction was then filed by numerous parties in order to stop the matter from going to court but Judge Wingate’s latest ruling will now see the case argued openly next month.
If the state were to be successful in seizing the selected domain names, online gambling sites including AbsolutePoker.com, BodogLife.com, CakePoker.com, DoylesRoom.com, FullTiltPoker.com and PokerStars.com would surely be put out of business almost immediately.