Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (04/11/08)


articles:

Metro Gang Unit veteran accused of running gambling operation (Salt Lake Tribune, 04/11/08 – UT)

Westmoreland County attorney wagers poker not ‘gambling’ (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 04/11/08 – PA)

Five cited in alleged gambling operation bust (Jacksonville Daily News, 04/10/08 – NC)

9 more poker suspects surrender (The Post and Courier, 04/10/08 – SC)

Legislators try to dampen gambling initiative (Anchorage Daily News, 04/10/08 – AK)

Time to Fold (Wall Street Journal, 04/10/08)

media:
Salt Lake County deputy arrested in gambling ring investigation (ABC4, 04/10/08)

blog:
Updates on Lee Rousso vs. State of WA (Lee Rousso, 04/11/08)

excerpts:

Metro Gang Unit veteran accused of running gambling operation (Salt Lake Tribune, 04/11/08 – UT)
“A 14-year veteran of the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of running a gambling operation that hosted card games seven days a week and occasionally raked in as much as $100,000 per night. Lee Edward Morris, 38, was arrested by other sheriff’s officers at a commercial location, 1063 E. 3300 South, along with four other alleged operators and five people described as “gamblers,” Lt. Paul Jaroscak said.”


Westmoreland County attorney wagers poker not ‘gambling’ (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 04/11/08 – PA)
“A Westmoreland County lawyer charged with illegally operating poker tournaments wants those charges dismissed, saying the card game is not gambling. Larry Burns, 63, of Derry Township was charged last year with misdemeanor gambling counts for running tournaments for a profit.”

Five cited in alleged gambling operation bust (Jacksonville Daily News, 04/10/08 – NC)
“Five Carteret County residents have been cited on misdemeanor charges after police uncovered an alleged gambling operation at the site of a Morehead City business. Police seized approximately $7,000 from the individuals as well as a poker table, chips and cards, and ledgers that indicated there was more than a friendly game of poker going on, said Morehead City Police Department Maj. Richard Abell.”

9 more poker suspects surrender (The Post and Courier, 04/10/08 – SC)
“They’re not all in yet, but nine more of them are. The accused gamblers surrendered Wednesday night in the nearly year-long undercover poker investigation. Forty-five have been arrested, and there’s more to come. The probe involves more than 60 suspects wanted on nearly 200 charges. Among those who arrived at the Charleston County Detention Center in North Charleston for processing were Cpl. Michael McElveen, 38, a 14-year veteran of the Charleston Police Department. McElveen is on administrative leave without pay.”

Legislators try to dampen gambling initiative (Anchorage Daily News, 04/10/08 – AK)
“State legislators are moving toward changing the state constitution to demand a public vote before any gambling for profit can be legalized in Alaska. The idea is to blunt an initiative that’s set to appear on the August statewide ballot. The initiative would create a commission with the power to authorize gambling — from lotteries to casino games — without the Legislature’s approval.”

Time to Fold (Wall Street Journal, 04/10/08)
“A trans-Atlantic spat over online gambling may help rewrite the rules of the game for Internet commerce across borders. For a change, the Europeans stand on the side of free trade, while America dabbles in regulatory overreach. The European Union last month launched an internal probe into whether the U.S. Justice Department selectively enforces its antigambling laws against European online firms that offer wagers on sports events”

media:
Salt Lake County deputy arrested in gambling ring investigation (ABC4, 04/10/08)

blog:
Updates on Lee Rousso vs. State of WA (Lee Rousso, 04/11/08)
“Judge Roberts issued her ruling on my discovery dispute with the state. The judge agreed with me about 99%, the state about 1%. In layman’s terms, it was a rout. There is just one item left to fight over. Otherwise, it looks extremely likely that I will get my day in court. Due to a change in court scheduling, my hearing date has been moved back to May 15.”

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4 responses to “Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (04/11/08)

  1. If there were no gambling laws then there would be no underhand dealings. At least if gambling were given the green light then authorities could keep a better eye on the punters. As for the officer involved well you know what they say.”If you can not beat them join them”

  2. I’m with John, these new laws are so the government can get a piece of the gambling pie without being directly associated with it.

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