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01|22|2009 03:51 pm EDT

Governor Beshear Takes Appeal in Kentucky Domain Case to Supreme Court

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Up to the Minute

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear isn’t willing to give up on his attempt to seize 141 online poker and gambling domain names. Although the Court of Appeals ruled against the Commonwealth’s forfeiture, Beshear has filed an appeal with the state’s Supreme Court.

“The Commonwealth will continue its action to protect Kentucky citizens from illegal Internet gambling operations, and appeal the recent Court of Appeals ruling to the state Supreme Court,” said J. Michael Brown, the secretary of Kentucky Justice and Public Safety. “The evidence demonstrated that illegal and unregulated activity is occurring in Kentucky, and that millions of dollars are being lost as a result of that activity, a fact that wasn’t disputed in Tuesday’s ruling.”

Even if the Supreme Court rejects the appeal, the Commonwealth still has another option. One of the key reasons Kentucky lost the previous ruling was because gambling websites were not considered “gambling devices” by Kentucky law. If the Legislature decided to amend the law, the Commonwealth could bring action against the domain owners again with a higher chance of winning.

[via PokerPages, iMEGA, and TheDomains]

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January 23, 2009 @ 8:30 pm EDT

This guy is just plain nuts. He needs to stop chasing after those domains. If it is that important that he stop these gambling sites in Kentucky surely there is a better plan of attack. He should sue google for showing search results for gambling sites in Kentucky. Google has money.

Its time for Steve-o to cut and run here. Hes only making it worse on himself.


January 23, 2009 @ 8:32 pm EDT

BTW, just kidding about the suing google in my comment above. Thats clearly ridiculous. I just read my comment and it didn’t sound as facetious as I had meant.


January 25, 2009 @ 10:12 am EDT

There is a lot of gambling in Kentucky.
What he (for the state) really wants is to receive
a cut of the revenue.

That is why he is trying to prove he has a right
to control what happens in his state even though
it would be considered interstate commerce which is
outside of his control.

It’s all about trying to put his hand in someone else’s

Maybe, we should call him “Pick Pocket Beshear”.

joseph david

January 26, 2009 @ 8:53 pm EDT

Good morning Bejing…oops..sorry, Good morning Kentucky!

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