Court Ruling Set To Open New Avenues For Online Gambling
A trial court in Louisiana ruled that online gambling was not illegal, despite the 1961 wire act that the U.S department of justice still enforce. The wire act forbids all online gambling of any sort, but in February Judge Stanwood Duval ruled that this only relates to sports gambling.
The decision to overrule the wire act was made after the court presided over the case of several unlucky gamblers who were seeking to escape bills to their various credit card accounts. The case was thrown out of court by Judge Duval, and his decision now leaves the U.S court of appeal in a position where they must clarify and either condemn or agree with his ruling.
Despite this individual ruling, supporters of online gambling may find themselves disappointed as many courts still abide by the 1961 wire act. The Appellate court are, however, taking the actions of Judge Duval into consideration and many internet gamblers may be waiting with bated breath for a lift on the prohibitions on online gaming.
The wire act, which prohibits all gambling on the Internet, is not only being questioned in Louisiana. Certain parties in Nevada are attempting to build a coalition of states to challenge the act, after the state became the first to allow online gambling in June.
Ultimately, on such a sensitive issue, the appellate court will be likely to remain cagey about any definitive statements regarding the future of the wire act and online gambling, but the court ruling offers an interesting predicament for the U.S Justice Department.