Court Hears Online Gambling Case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky Court of Appeals panel is
considering whether to allow the state to seize control of more
than 140 online casinos.

An attorney for the online casinos, William Johnson, told a
three-judge panel on Friday that because the sites are based off
shore, Kentucky has no jurisdiction over them and cannot legally
seize them.

Attorneys for Kentucky told the panel that the state has
authority to stop criminal activity taking place within its borders
and legally seized the domain names of the Web sites.

Franklin County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate has ruled
previously that he would not dismiss the state's lawsuit seeking to
block Kentuckians' access to more than 140 online casinos.

Kentucky already allows gambling on horse racing and bingo, and
has a state lottery.

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