Online Gambling Affected by Wire Act of '6l

Published September 13, 2002 by OCR Editor

Online Gambling Affected by Wire Act of  '6l

A decision as reached and the Bush Administration seems not to think highly of Internet gambling. In fact, it finds it illegal according to a standing federal law.

The Bush Administration has made its decision on internet gambling. It finds internet casino gambling illegal according to a standing federal law. Dennis Neilander, chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, received the government's position from Assistant Attorney General, Michael Chertoff.

The Wire Act of 196l is the law being focused on. Initially this act applied to illegal sports gambling. The Clinton administration's position also held firm on this issue. Therefore the hopes of Nevada to become the first state to conduct legal online gambling has been quelled.

Since the act specifically refers to illegal sports gaming, the present decision is being challenged. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is going to reassess the "old" Wire Act, suggesting a chance for reversal.


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