Kentucky Appeals Court Tells Kentucky To Hold Off Seizing Domains

from the wait-just-a-second... dept

While a lower court in Kentucky had agreed to allow the state to seize 141 domain names as being "illegal gambling devices" despite having nothing to do with the state of Kentucky, other than being available on internet connections there (and everywhere else), an appeals court has now issued an injunction to stop the state from seizing the domains until the appeal can be heard. While we still have to wait for the full appeal, at least damage won't be done in the interim.

There's one other interesting note in the article, which is that Kentucky's Attorney General appears to be trying to distance himself from the case. Even though most state actions are normally taken by the AGs office, in this case, the lawsuit was filed by the state's Secretary of Justice and Public Safety (there's some question if it's legal for this person to bring the suit). Either way, the AG's name was on the case, but he's now specifically asked to have his name removed from the case. That seems like quite a statement. When even the Attorney General of the state wants nothing to do with the lawsuit, perhaps it's time for the state to admit it overstepped some legal bounds.
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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 20 Nov 2008 @ 6:49am

    Re: Why just gambling websites?

    Maybe because Kentucky has this little thing called THE KENTUCKY DERBY!!! They are trying to limit competition for their taxed enetities within the state. Internet betting on horse racing is rising in popularity and reducing the draw of the tracks. Personally I don't go to the horse races to gamble so much as to have fun, I do gamble while I'm there but it's not something I would enjoy doing in my own home. Maybe instead of worrying about internet gambling Kentucky should concentrate on getting the morons out of office. Can the voters of Kentucky throw their elected/appointed officials out of office for being incompetent? It would be nice.

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