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Poker News | Gambling and the Law

Washington Attorney Defends Online Poker

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Lee Rousso, an attorney in Washington State is challenging the law that made online poker illegal. The state of Washington took a very clear stand when they passed a law that made playing online poker a class C felony. So far, this law hasn’t been used to arrest anyone for playing in Washington State, but it has been used to put pressure on owners of websites that provide links to online poker sites causing them to shut down their web pages.

Rousso filed a lawsuit earlier this year in an attempt to get the law wiped off the books because he believes that the law is unconstitutional. In response to his lawsuit, the state filed several requests for information about Rousso. These requests by the state for personal information are a complete invasion of the lawyer’s privacy. Rousso says that no lawyer would ever answer these questions and they could possibly be used against him in an incriminating manner.

“I think the state’s strategy is basically to make sure the case never gets tried under merits, so they will do everything possible just to make sure that I will go away. And up to this point, they’ve been successful,” Rousso said.

Rousso filed an appeal and the court is set to rule on a portion of the case in January. If the appeals court files against the attorney, he will re-file the case in another person’s name and the entire process will begin all over again starting from square one. He’s not giving up because of his love for online poker.

He emphasizes, “I like to play poker. I think Internet poker is one of the greatest inventions of all time. Internet poker rocks, and people who are responsible adults should be able to play in the privacy of their homes without the government getting its nose in the way”.

A lot of other people feel the same way, thus the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) was formed and they are working very hard to defend our rights. For more information on how you can join the fight, visit the PPA or play a free roll on PokerStars that will automatically enroll you in the PPA and give you the opportunity to win money at the same time.

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