Issue 333
January 30 - February 6, 2007
Volume 7
page 2



U.S. confirms loss in WTO Internet

gambling case

By Vin Narayanan


The World Trade organization has ruled against the United States in an Internet gambling case, Reuters is reporting.

The news agency said a U.S. Trade Representative spokeswoman downplayed the significance the WTO's decision that the U.S. had not complied with 2005 ruling against restrictions on online horse race betting.

"The panel report clarifies that compliance does not necessarily require new legislation, but could instead involve other steps, such as administrative or judicial action," Gretchen Hamel told Reuters.

The final public report is expected in March.

The decision stems from a case filed by Antigua and Barbuda in 2003. It charged the U.S. had violated the WTO by not allowing bets to be placed electronically across the state lines.

In 2005, the WTO ruled that foreign horse betting operations had been harmed and asked the U.S. to redress the situation.





Suspects indicted in casino theft
As reported by The Sanfransico Chronicle

CALIFORNIA – As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle: "Three suspects were indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on charges that they stole $198,000 during an elaborately planned predawn theft at a Humboldt County Indian casino.

"Peter Daniel Collins, 35, Emily Katherine Weitzel, 22, and Daniel Ivan Porter, 37, were named in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco for their alleged roles in the Nov. 1 theft at the Cher-Ae-Heights Casino in Trinidad operated by the Trinidad Rancheria tribe.

"…Porter was described in an affidavit as the inside man in the heist because he worked in the casino's surveillance room and had keys and electronic access to three security doors to the vault.

"Weitzel acted as the 'handoff woman,' playing slots in the casino until Porter gave her his keys, at which point she put on a disguise that included a wig and sunglasses and handed the keys to Collins, who dressed as a casino security officer and wore a hat and glasses to disguise himself, the affidavit said.

"During the heist, Porter manipulated the casino's surveillance cameras to follow real casino security officers, the affidavit said.

"…All three are to appear before U.S. Magistrate James Larson in San Francisco on Monday."

Massachusetts city pushes for casino
As reported by The South Coast Today

NEW BEDFORD, Massachusetts -- As reported by the South Coast Today: "The City Council last night made a pitch for casino gambling, unanimously approving a five-member committee to lobby the governor, state lawmakers and would-be casino developers.

"City Councilor David Alves sponsored the motion to create the Special Committee on Gaming and Casinos. The committee will comprise five city councilors, and will begin meeting within two to three weeks with pro-gambling state legislators to see how they can put New Bedford in the pole position to get a casino if the Legislature approves gambling in Massachusetts.

"Mr. Alves said New Bedford is in a 'key position' to land a casino because of the city's proximity to Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod and Boston. He urged other councilors to support the measure to increase local revenues for schools and create up to 5,000 new jobs.

"…The council's move follows revival of the gambling debate in Massachusetts, sparked in part by Gov. Deval Patrick, who has said he is open to the possibility of casinos or slots parlors to help balance the state budget…"



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