PokerPulse Letters -- Free David Carruthers

 

From the home page of FREE David Carruthers.com

On Sunday July 16, 2006, David Carruthers, a British citizen, was arrested at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Texas, USA by US Federal agents while changing planes.

Our Letter of support

From: legal
To: freedavid@freedavidcarruthers.com
Cc: legal
Sent: Friday, December 07, 2007 11:24 AM
Subject: You're up at LegalAtPokerpulse.com!

Hiya,

Just a quick note to let you know we give you a link at our European Union forum, where we're covering the Carruthers prosecution. We've done our best to draw attention at our blog to the selective use by the U.S. of anti-terrorist laws to prosecute what IT considers to be white-collar crime - an especially dubious business in the Internet gambling arena, where the U.S. now has two international judgments against it. We've also been concerned with the aggressive U.S. expansion of its wire fraud statute, which is wayyyyyy too often applied in place of a more appropriate charge (see Pasquantino, a cross-border liquor smuggling case). The rationale, we suspect, is that wire fraud is easy as pie to prove AND it allows for a fastrack approach to asset seizure and forfeiture with no requirement to return the proceeds even in the absence of conviction! We were a voice in the wilderness when we started our blog about these issues in an effort to warn the industry of its vulnerability. In the wake of so many similar cases, especially those relating to Internet gambling, we hope it's now sufficiently clear to nations worldwide that the U.S. no longer enjoys much of what most of us think of as a common law legal system. Extortionist plea bargaining, rampant asset seizure and forfeiture without conviction and, in many cases, even a trial plus the use of extradition treaties enacted to combat terrorism to effectively kidnap foreign nationals do not satisfy any reasonable test for 'equivalent legal standards'. The latest U.S. decision to dismantle the whole hard-won WTO framework and gosh only knows what industries worldwide by seeking to remove gambling from GATS is nothing more than a gesture of the very kind of imperialism the U.S. once waged war against.

Feel free to post this anywhere!

L.M. Murray
Editor
LegalAtPokerpulse.com
Tracking Internet gambling law and issues worldwide.


 

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