USA Online Gambling Ban Ruled 'Constitutional'

Published Thursday, September 03, 2009 -

In Philadelphia, PA, USA, an important decision on Internet commerce by a U.S. appeals court, the federal Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 has been ruled constitutional. This ruling could serve as a wake up call to all of those out there with any thoughts that the online gambling prohibition will be resolved sooner than later. It is obvious in this decision that the federal government will give the individual states the ability to legislate their own laws regarding online poker, casinos, racetracks and gambling in general. It is now still within the hands of the various banks in the USA to allow transactions for online betting or not.

It was a simple judgement on the appeal the Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association (IMEGA), presented which found that the law "clearly provides a person of ordinary intelligence with adequate notice of the conduct that it prohibits."

Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association (IMEGA) claimed the law banning online gambling is vague and violates an individual's privacy rights. It also said the act is contrary to U.S. treaty obligations.

An attorney with the Los Angeles-based Kaufman Law Group, Gary Kaufman, said, "With the current Supreme Court makeup, and with Congress now controlled by liberal democrats, this means that proponents of Internet gambling should focus their efforts on lobbying Congress to repeal the federal ban, rather than attempting to fight it out in the courts, I predict much more success on these types of issues by way of legislation." He later added that advocates of Internet gambling should shift their efforts to swaying public policy. The court was very decisive in many ways when it spoke on issues of internet privacy and commerce over the net. This judgement may provide president for any future constitutional legal argument in the USA.

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