Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (04/11/07)

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article:
Clayton judge, 51 others arrested in poker bust (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 04/11/07)

Could Second Life Be In Serious Trouble? The Risk of Real-Life Legal Consequences for Hosting Virtual Gambling (FindLaw, 04/11/07)

Portsmouth city attorney says FOP poker games are illegal (The Virginian-Pilot, 04/11/07)

AP, UB change in marketing focus decreases use of poker pros (Casino City Times, 04/10/07)

media:
Second Gambling Bust Nets Judge (11Alive, 04/11/07)

blog:
“You Gotta’ Know When to Hold ‘Em. Know When to Fold ‘Em. Know When to Walk Away…” (Reason, 04/11/07)

Who are we helping? (Alabama Live, 04/11/07)

excerpt:
Clayton judge, 51 others arrested in poker bust (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 04/11/07)
“A part-time Clayton County Magistrate Court judge was among 52 people arrested by county sheriff’s officials late Tuesday for illegal gambling at a business called the Poker Palace. Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill told reporters at a news conference Wednesday that the judge, Dorian Murry, and others were playing poker and using slot machines. Murry, 34, of Morrow, had been serving as a judge for about two years, according to Clayton County Magistrate Court officials.”


Could Second Life Be In Serious Trouble? The Risk of Real-Life Legal Consequences for Hosting Virtual Gambling (FindLaw, 04/11/07)
“In this column, I’ll examine whether UIGEA, in fact, applies to Second Life. Though the law’s language is not entirely clear, I believe a good case can be made that Second Life may have a duty, under UIGEA, to prohibit gambling transactions in its community — as long as its Linden dollars can be converted back into actual U.S. currency.”

Portsmouth city attorney says FOP poker games are illegal (The Virginian-Pilot, 04/11/07)
“In the letter to the City Council dated April 6, City Attorney Tim Oksman called the Texas Hold ’em tournaments illegal. The games, which began in June in a bingo hall off Airline Boulevard in Portsmouth, are run by the Fraternal Order of Police of Virginia Charitable Foundation. The Virginian-Pilot obtained a copy of the council correspondence this week. In the letter, Oksman asks the council for authorization to request that organizers end the tournaments. If organizers refuse, Oksman suggests filing a lawsuit to shut down the charitable games.”

AP, UB change in marketing focus decreases use of poker pros (Casino City Times, 04/10/07)
“There has been a decision to reevaluate which poker professionals we work with on each brand in the future,” said a company official who asked not to be identified. “But that decision was made purely on the basis of trying to protect our ability to continue to be able to offer U.S. customers the very best in online poker.” The source said that both sites were concerned that as official spokespeople for the sites, professional poker players could become targets for the Department of Justice and their business relationships with the sites could be viewed as “aiding and abetting” Internet gambling.”

media:
Second Gambling Bust Nets Judge (11Alive, 04/11/07)

blog:
“You Gotta’ Know When to Hold ‘Em. Know When to Fold ‘Em. Know When to Walk Away…” (Reason, 04/11/07)
“More paramilitary raids on poker rooms, in Georgia this month, and in North Carolina last month. The latter included a small army of police officers from several police agencies, including the federal BATF and the National Guard. They even brought a damned helicopter. They issued 41 citations, all of them misdemeanors. ”

Who are we helping? (Alabama Live, 04/11/07)
“Here’s what I know — there is a bill before the state Senate today that will legalize gambling of some form in certain parts of Alabama. I also know that the governor plans to veto it as soon as he can! Now I get to get to drag my rather large frame on top of the political soap box and yell for everyone to hear. I’ve never been more ready to tell everyone my true feelings on the Alabama gambling issue in general than now. I hope this reaches someone of importance who would love to explain all of this to me.”

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