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.
Hide this

Thank you for reading this Techdirt post. With so many things competing for everyone’s attention these days, we really appreciate you giving us your time. We work hard every day to put quality content out there for our community.

Techdirt is one of the few remaining truly independent media outlets. We do not have a giant corporation behind us, and we rely heavily on our community to support us, in an age when advertisers are increasingly uninterested in sponsoring small, independent sites — especially a site like ours that is unwilling to pull punches in its reporting and analysis.

While other websites have resorted to paywalls, registration requirements, and increasingly annoying/intrusive advertising, we have always kept Techdirt open and available to anyone. But in order to continue doing so, we need your support. We offer a variety of ways for our readers to support us, from direct donations to special subscriptions and cool merchandise — and every little bit helps. Thank you.

–The Techdirt Team

Filed Under: domain names, gambling, governor, kentucky, online gambling

Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Thread

  1. identicon
    JMG, 20 Nov 2008 @ 8:52am

    Re: Why just gambling websites?

    Kentucky sees millions of tax dollars annually go to Indiana because of their casino boats. The current governor made expanded gambling (casinos) part of his campaign last year. Nothing has happened other than stonewalling from those with a hardon for protecting Kentuckians from the evils of games of chance.

    The horse racing industy is huge in Kentucky. In Kentucky, we're fine with internet gambling as long as it's horse racing. Beshear is protecting his interests with them by claiming dominion over these sites all the while claiming it's for the children. I'm sure he'd love to put up a fence along the Ohio River to prevent people from crossing into Indiana to gamble to help out the horse racing industry. His plan...Well, Churchill Downs' plan is to have the tracks run Kentucky's casinos. Which I find amusing since they have no experience with any gambling other than horse racing. Their forray into online gambling didn't go very smoothly for those looking to wager on the Kentucky Derby this past year either. Millions of dollars were wagered elsewhere because the Churchill Downs website was unable to take bets.

    If gambling ever does make it to the ballot, I just hope that Kentuckians will get their heads out of their asses and approve it. The state needs to increase its tax revenue. Gambling is a way to do so. A casino in Louisville (downtown Louisville, not at the track) would kill Caesars (excuse me Horseshoe). A couple in Northern Kentucky would kill Aztar and probably Belterra too.

    I just don't understand why Kentucky can't get this approved. The argument of the morality of benefitting off the sins of another just blows my mind. The way Kentcuky sees it: horse racing is the sport of kings while craps leads to prostitution, organized crime, broken homes, etc. What kind of reasoning is that?

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter

Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Follow Techdirt
Insider Shop - Show Your Support!

Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Recent Stories

This site, like most other sites on the web, uses cookies. For more information, see our privacy policy. Got it

Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.