Gambling Addiction

Gambling Addiction Of Lawyer Leads To Suspension In Nevada

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The state of Nevada may be the one place in the world where a lawyer can steal hundreds of thousands of dollars, and admit to over fifty professional violations, yet still keep his job. That is the case for Las Vegas lawyer Douglas Crawford.

Crawford was facing heavy odds when he went before the Nevada Supreme Court to find out his fate. after admitting to the wrongdoing, Douglas new he had an uphill battle if he was ever going to be a lawyer again in the state.

That battle took a turn for the best this week when the Supreme Court ignored the recommendation of the State Bar of Nevada disciplinary panel that Crawford be disbarred. That recommendation happened back in April of last year.

Crawford has admitted to sixty five professional conduct violations but the majority of them all had to deal with the same issue. Taking clients money and misappropriating it.

He has stolen over $400,000 from clients to fuel his gambling addiction. The Supreme Court took the nature of the person and the addiction into account in their ruling.

Crawford has had a longstanding good reputation and showed remorse for what he did. The court also said that the gambling addiction and his mental disabilities of depression caused some of his actions.

Connecticut Lawmakers May Use Alcohol To Rid Casinos Of Smoke

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The battle over whether or not to allow smoking at two of the most well known casinos in the country is becoming nasty in Connecticut. Lawmakers are playing hardball with the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods tribal casinos.

Mohegan Sun has somewhat complied with the smoking laws in the state. They have banned smoking from their bars and restaurants and have agreed to install smoke ventilation system. It is not necessarily Mohegan Sun that the lawmakers are going after.

“We wanted to get them (Foxwoods) to the level the Mohegan’s were at. The Mohegan’s already comply with what the Bill proposes,” said Rep. Tom Reynolds, to The Day of New London.

The new Bill puts more pressure on the casinos to bring their establishment into compliance with the smoking laws. The way they are targeting this being done is by threatening to not renew the casinos’ liquor licenses.

In the liquor license agreement, a casino is forced to enter into an agreement to reduce secondhand smoke. If this is done, then the license would be renewed. The Attorney General has his own ideas about what should happen with smoking in the casinos.

AG Richard Blumenthal had propose4d that by 2011 there would be no smoking on gaming floors at all. In 2010 it would be reduced to fifty percent of the casino floor and twenty percent of the casino floor by this October.

Connecticut Casinos Turning To Alcohol For Gambling Revenue

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It has always been known that alcohol and gambling can go hand and hand. The two major casinos in Connecticut, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods, are looking to increase their alcohol availability in hopes of generating more revenue.

The idea is being met with some fierce words from lawmakers who oppose any additional alcohol hours at the casinos. The opposition points to the fact that the region is already tops among drunk drivers.

“I think it’s the most outrageous idea that anybody could come up with. We do not need more people on our roads who are driving with more alcohol in their systems. It is such a ridiculous idea,” said Senator Edith Prague.

Others who have long fought to stop drunk driving actually are not taking issue with the expanded drinking hours. “Our issue is to stop drunken driving, not to keep people from buying booze,’ Janice Heggie Margolis, Director of the Connecticut chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, told The Advocate.

The proposal is to allow the casinos the right to serve alcohol around the clock. It is estimated that $1.3 million in extra revenue would come to the state if the proposal is approved.

“I’m from a state, North Carolina, where you can buy beer twenty four hours a day. That’s not a problem with me,’ said Representative Ernest Hewett.

Gambling Addiction Of Lawyer Leads To Suspension In Nevada

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The state of Nevada may be the one place in the world where a lawyer can steal hundreds of thousands of dollars, and admit to over fifty professional violations, yet still keep his job. That is the case for Las Vegas lawyer Douglas Crawford.

Crawford was facing heavy odds when he went before the Nevada Supreme Court to find out his fate. after admitting to the wrongdoing, Douglas new he had an uphill battle if he was ever going to be a lawyer again in the state.

That battle took a turn for the best this week when the Supreme Court ignored the recommendation of the State Bar of Nevada disciplinary panel that Crawford be disbarred. That recommendation happened back in April of last year.

Crawford has admitted to sixty five professional conduct violations but the majority of them all had to deal with the same issue. Taking clients money and misappropriating it.

He has stolen over $400,000 from clients to fuel his gambling addiction. The Supreme Court took the nature of the person and the addiction into account in their ruling.

Crawford has had a longstanding good reputation and showed remorse for what he did. The court also said that the gambling addiction and his mental disabilities of depression caused some of his actions.

Internet Gambling

Congressmen State Their Case for Legalizing Internet Gambling

New York Representatives Steve Israel and Peter King have written a column in today’s New York Post that endorses Internet gambling. They cite their reasons and thinking behind their endorsement of Rep Barney Frank’s Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act(H.R.2046).

The full article can be read here. In it they state how the UIGEA was simply a rider to a more important Port Security Bill passed last year. They also state that children and problem gamblers would be better protected with the industry regulated and run by legit businesses as opposed to illegal offshore entities that run them now.

Congressmen Israel and King have both signed on to co-sponsor H.R. 2046 and are being proactive in their support of American freedoms and each deserves a letter or phone call to thank them for their efforts.

Casino Gambling Web urges all readers to call or write their Representative, or visit them this month while they are in their home district and talk to them about the benefits that passage of the IGREA will provide for this country.

“If Americans are to regain some of their freedoms lost, they should act quickly on this issue. Congress does listen to the requests of their constituents and, although this issue may not appear on its face to be one that many care to get behind, the underlying effects of not overturning the UIGEA are far-reaching as it is a direct infringement of personal freedoms,” said Gordon Price, CEO of Casino Gambling Web.

Momentum is growing nationwide to repeal the UIGEA and to implement a sound policy that not only legalizes Internet gambling, but does so with safeguards to protect problem and underage gamblers, has provisions to combat fraud and monitors licensed business’s’ for money laundering, as well as providing a tax system to generate much needed revenues.

There is also a campaign against the repeal which is led by the restrictive, shameful and biased christian right conservatives, led by Focus on the Family Action that is deceptive and inaccurate in its presentation of facts.

“CGW has heard from many thousands of Americans that would like to see this law overturned and they have given their support via an online petition to repeal the UIGEA, calling congress and writing letters.” said Price, adding “FOFA has published articles authored by Chad Hills that simply are not correct and when we questioned their facts, they refused to respond other than to say that we should agree to disagree on this issue. We might add that when we wrote to Mr. Hills, he has never responded.”

Horse Racing

Congressman Bob Goodlatte Accepted $40,000 From Horse Racing Industry

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Representative congressman from Roanoke, Virgina, Bob Goodlatte, who is responsible for writing the details of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) – which bans illegal forms of Internet gambling and has an exception for online horse race betting – has accepted more than $35,000 in lobbying money from the horse race betting industry, it was revealed today by Perspectives Weekly.

Congressman Goodlatte has pushed his UIGEA in Congress over the past several years citing that it must be passed because gambling is immoral. As immoral as it is, he believes horse race betting is the exception to the immoral rule he lives and preaches by.

Perspectives Weekly, run by online casino industry expert J. Todd, revealed these facts about the corrupt Goodlatte in his latest episode of the show.

The Goodlatte issue was brought to light once again this week because of the House Judiciary Committee Hearing held to discuss what is going on in the current state of Internet gambling. Goodlatte was one of the few anti-online gambling panelists on the committee and he again insisted that the UIGEA be enforced with criminal prosecutions for those who violate it.

The problem, of course, is that the WTO has ruled the UIGEA as a protectionist measure and as a result the US faces over $100 billion in compensation claims per year from over ten other nations, including those in the European Union.

One unfortunate left out piece by J. Todd’s Perspectives Weekly episode this week was when Catherine Hannaway, the US Department of Justice representative who spoke at the House hearing, revealed that playing online casinos games for real money is NOT considered illegal by the DoJ.