by Mike Masnick
Thu, Sep 3rd 2009 7:28pm
Back in 2006, as part of an effort to make our sea ports safer, Congress banned financial institutions from accepting money from online gambling sites, effectively outlawing online gambling (no, I don't understand what that had to do with port safety, but that's just how Congress rolls, apparently). Since then law has been challenged -- but hasn't had much success. The district court tossed it out saying the bill was perfectly Constitutional, and now an appeals court has said the same thing. The groups fighting the law made two claims, neither of which the court agreed with: first, that the law breached users privacy rights to gamble in their own homes, and second that the law was too vague. It seems likely that this will be appealed yet again, but who knows if the Supreme Court will care. In the meantime, every few months there are stories about Rep. Barney Frank promising to legalize online poker... but they never seem to get anywhere.
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