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Emily D. Swoboda

Kentucky Judge Grants Companies Continuance

26 September 2008

Lawyers representing some of the 141 online gambling companies whose domain names have been seized by the Commonwealth of Kentucky have been granted a continuance to allow them to prepare their cases.

"The judge continued the discussion until Oct. 7 to allow the parties involved to file briefs," Jennifer Brislin, director of communications for Kentucky's Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, told IGamingNews this afternoon by telephone. "But the judge was very emphatic that he has already seen that a compelling case had been made that illegal gambling has occurred in Kentucky via these sites online."

However, Jeff Ifrah, legal counsel to the Interactive Gaming Council, which is representing some of the online gambling sites, told IGN that while Franklin County Judge Thomas D. Wingate may have said that, he also said he was an advocate of due process and would take a fair look at both sides.

In pursuit of due process, Judge Wingate vacated the findings of fact/findings of law submitted by the Commonwealth's attorney in the original complaint which only presented Commonwealth's position of the argument.

Judge Wingate continued the hearing because he wants attorneys to submit the briefs before he holds another hearing in the case that he described as "very complex," according to

The attorneys for both sides must file the legal briefs by Oct. 3.

Judge Wingate left the seizure order in place, Ms. Brislin said.

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Emily D. Swoboda
Emily D. Swoboda