Anemic Appetite For Using Wire Act To Prosecute Sports Betting

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to lift a ban on sports betting, the federal government is unlikely to enforce the Wire Act aggressively to crack down on states which choose to legalize and regulate wagers on games, a former U.S. Department of Justice official said on Thursday.

“I would say that the bottom line is it’s going to be a pretty anemic appetite (to prosecute states under the Wire Act),” said James Trusty, who was chief of the Justice Department’s organized crime and gangs section for about seven years beginning in 2011 and recently joined the Ifrah law firm in Washington, D.C.

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