Posts Tagged ‘Thomas Wingate’

iMEGA Motion in KY Court of Appeals Granted

December 3rd Domain Forfeiture Hearing Stayed

by , Nov 14, 2008 | 2:04 pm

Chalk one up for poker in Kentucky. A voice of reason came from the Kentucky Court of Appeals today, thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association (iMEGA).

Judge Thomas Wingate previously ordered a December 3rd forfeiture hearing for the 141 gaming-related domain names that Gov. Beshear wanted seized, but the appeals court has stayed that hearing in order to conduct its own hearing on December 12th in Louisville, during which it will consider iMEGA’s petition to overturn Wingate’s original ruling. The courts will hear the iMEGA petition in conjunction with one filed by the Interactive Gaming Council (IGC), both contending that the lower court did not have the jurisdiction to order the domain seizures in the first place.

“We’re please that the Court of Appeals has given us the opportunity to challenge these seizures,” said Joe Brennan Jr., iMEGA’s chairman. “The commonwealth has tried to take these domains for their own financial gain, violating Kentucky law, exceeding their jurisdiction, and setting a terrible precedent in the process.”

BREAKING NEWS: Kentucky Wins; Online Poker Domains in Jeopardy

by , Oct 16, 2008 | 1:22 pm

From the PPA:

We have just received word from our attorneys in Kentucky that Judge Thomas Wingate has ruled against us on all points. In his conclusion he orders the 141 online gaming sites to geographically block and prove that they have done so before the Commonwealth of Kentucky will release ownership of their domain names.

Click here to read the court decision.

(Funny-ironic that I put up my first affiliate link in like forever shortly before this decision?)

UPDATE: In addition to Kentucky’s semi-unprecedented action, Turkey is blocking websites left and right, China is cracking down at internet cafes, and it appears that net freedom will not be an issue of any weight in the homestretch of this election season.

MEANWHILE: Italy has updated its laws and just granted a license to PokerStars.