March 23, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
In Rousso vs. State of Washington, Lee Rousso, a poker player, charged that state law making online gambling a felony interfered with federal regulation of interstate commerce. At dispute was the insertion of "the Internet" into the list of prohibited gambling media. "With the advent of the Internet and other technologies and means of communication that were not contemplated when either the gambling act was enacted in 1973," said the law, "or the lottery commission was created in 1982, it is appropriate for this Legislature to reaffirm the policy prohibiting gambling that exploits such new technologies."
The appeals court reaffirmed a lower court decision prohibiting Internet transmission of gambling information.
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