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Monthly Archive: September 2009

September 9, 2009

United States Court of Appeals Rules Delaware’ Sports Betting Plan Violates Federal Law

A plan which would have allowed single-game betting on all major sporting events at Delaware’s three racetrack betting locations, beginning September 1st, was not allowed to take effect. The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled the plan a violation of a 1992 Federal Law. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 outlawed sports betting nationwide, with the exception of a few states. The Act allowed Nevada to continue licensed sports betting and also exempted the sports lotteries conducted by Oregon, Montana, and Delaware. The Act also provided a...

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Posted in: Federal White Collar Crime

September 3, 2009

Supreme Court of the United States Holds Using Cellular Telephones to Arrange Misdemeanor Drug Purchases Does Not Constitute Facilitation

A case decided in the Supreme Court of the United States this past summer has held the use of cellular telephones between buyer and seller, to make misdemeanor drug purchases, does not constitute facilitating under United States statue; facilitation would otherwise constitute a felony. Federal Investigators suspected a man of trafficking and/or dealing drugs, and subsequently obtained a warrant to issue a wiretap on his cellular phone. While monitoring the wiretap, Investigators observed six phone calls between the man and a customer, some made by the man and some initiated by the customer....

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Posted in: Drug Crimes

September 2, 2009

Superior Court of Pennsylvania Upholds Suppression Order Under Pennsylvania’s Wiretap Act

A recent appellate decision affirmed a suppression of evidence order, granted due to a governmental violation of Pennsylvania’s Wiretap Act. Pennsylvania’s Wiretap Act criminalizes the intentional interception of wire, electronic, and oral communications and prohibits the use of any communication derived from such an interception. Accordingly, Police must strictly comply with the requirements of the Wiretap Act in order for the fruits of their investigation to be admissible at trial. Any non-compliance, even when in good faith, will cause the illegal interceptions to be...

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