Kentucky Appeal Announced In Internet Gambling Domain Name Case
The state of Kentucky responded on Wednesday to a Court of Appeals decision the way any losing party would. They announced that they are ready to take their case to the state Supreme Court.
The Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 in favor of 141 online gambling sites. In their ruling, the justices announced that they made their decision based on the fact that domain names are not defined as gambling devices under state law.
"The evidence demonstrates that illegal and unregulated activity is occurring in Kentucky, and that millions of dollars are being lost as a result of that activity, a fact that wasn't disputed in Tuesday's ruling," said J. Michael Brown, Secretary of the state Justice and Public safety Cabinet.
Now that the Appeals Court has ruled on the matter, some believe that the state is spending too much resources trying to seize the domain names. The use of taxpayer is being called into question.
"Kentucky residents should be outraged that the commonwealth is investing another minute of time and another dollar of scarce resources in this quixotic case," said John Pappas, Executive Director of the Poker Players Alliance.
In their ruling on Tuesday, the judges laid out the groundwork for how the state could proceed with their argument. They were told to either change their laws to include domain names to be included as a gambling device, or to appeal to the Kentucky Supreme Court.
"we now have two judges who agree with our position, and two who disagree, so the most appropriate step is to make our case to the higher court," said Brown.
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