Wire Act Appeal May Signal U.S. Attorney General Supports Online Gaming Ban

A 52-page appeal by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) challenges a federal judge’s decision supporting internet gambling, and may be the strongest evidence yet that U.S. Attorney General William Barr endorses the prohibition of mobile and online gambling.

However, a former high-ranking DOJ official says the appellate brief does little to shed light on the attorney general’s views. 

“The brief does not necessarily confirm that Attorney General Barr supports last year’s OLC opinion,” James Trusty, who led the DOJ’s organized crime and gang section from 2011 to 2018, told GamblingCompliance in an email.

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