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Department Of Justice Sued For Not Releasing Online Gambling Decision Documents

Judicial Watch Says FOIA Request Was Ignored

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A conservative group has sued the Obama Department of Justice for allegedly not releasing documents pertaining to the decision in 2011 to re-interpret the 1961 Wire Act, which paved the way for state lotteries to offer games online and states to legalize and then regulate online casino games within their borders.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Judicial Watch says that in October it filed a Freedom of Information Act request over the 2011 decision and alleges that the DoJ has ignored the request with no explanation.

This, Judicial Watch claims, could hint at misconduct.

“When the Justice Department reverses its own interpretation of a federal statute so quickly and so completely, the American people have a right to know why,” the president of Judicial Watch told the Review-Journal. “And given that the Justice Department is willing to violate federal records law rather than disclose information, Americans can presume corruption behind its decision to unilaterally legalize widespread Internet gambling.”

Currently, Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson is still funding a campaign to ban online casino gambling nationwide, or at the very least stop its spread past the three states—Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware—where it currently exists.

Earlier in 2011, the DoJ indicted the operators of three major offshore online poker sites at the time in an event known as Black Friday. PokerStars later settled with the federal government for more than $700 million, but didn’t admit to wrongdoing.

Thanks to that settlement, the government received enough money to repay victims of the Full Tilt Poker fraud, a remission process which is still ongoing.