DOJ decision on Wire Act debate could come soon
The head of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission expects a decision next month
In nine days, the Department of Justice (DOJ) will have to answer in court for its decision to backtrack on the Federal Wire Act. There has already been a lot of backlash and several lawsuits either submitted or threatened, but the real challenge begins in just over a week with a lawsuit brought forth by the New Hampshire Lottery Commission (NHLC). While often finding justice in the U.S. system is difficult, many are hoping this will be the exception and at least one person is convinced that a decision will come sooner, rather than later.
The executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission, Charles McIntyre, believes a decision could come before the end of May. Judge Paul J. Barbadoro is expected to preside over the case and McIntyre explains, “In a statutory issue, there’s a lot of things to look at. We’re talking about a law passed pre-internet. Most laws have been updated to reflect technology, and this one obviously hasn’t. [Barbadoro] a very deliberate, considerate judge, so I think he’ll take at least 30 to 40 days to make a decision.”
The DOJ has already been called for being coerced by someone in the casino industry for changing its position. While there has yet to be any proof one way or another, many have said that Sheldon Adelson influenced the DOJ, possibly through monetary means, in an effort to get it to reverse the opinion that has stood for almost nine years.
The NHLC has already found support from a number of other states and their respective lottery or gambling organizations, all of whom have filed amicus briefs to the lawsuit. The DOJ has also found a little support, through an amicus brief filed by none other than the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling. That group is backed by Adelson.