Create An Ad Campaign For Gambling Sites? You Now Face 20 Years In Jail
from the reasonable-punishment? dept
The US government's latest battle against online gambling is quickly reaching ridiculous levels. Remember the Washington state law that forced a website that reviewed online gambling sites offline and threatened the owner with criminal charges? That may be nothing compared to what the Feds are apparently looking to do with execs at an advertising firm who happened to have BetOnSports as a client. BetOnSports, of course, is the sports betting site that is perfectly legal in the countries where it's based, but whose exec has been jailed and whose site has been has been shut down. These advertising execs, who simply advertised a site they believed was perfectly legal, are being charged with being part of a racketeering conspiracy to "defraud gamblers" (which makes you wonder if any of those folks who lost money while using BetOnSports can now sue the company as well, claiming they were victims of fraud...). These advertising execs could now face 20 years in jail and huge fines -- all for running a basic promotional campaign for a service that was legal in its country of origin and is legal in many places throughout the country already. Of course, this isn't the first time the US government has decided to go after advertising when it comes to online gambling. A few years ago, they threatened to file criminal charges against sites that accepted ads for online gambling, which many people believe is a violation of free speech. However, the most ridiculous thing about all of this is that as the Feds try so hard to crack down on this, they like to make sure that there are exemptions for the type of gambling they like to engage in. Aren't there more important things for our government to be doing?