Attorneys General from across the country are urging the Department of Justice to withdraw its 2018 opinion. This requires “reconsidering whether the Wire Act applies to non-sports gambling.”
In a letter to US Attorney General Merrick Garland, 27 attorney general’s request for the withdrawal of a formal legal opinion issued during the Trump Administration that found state-sanctioned online gambling, such as lotteries and casino games, could be subject to criminal prosecution under federal law.
The letter claims that, with the Trump-era DOJ opinion still in place, “substantial uncertainty” remains in place. It does not matter whether states and the industry can continue to use existing online gaming platforms. They can also invest in new products without fear of future criminal prosecution.
“Without online gaming, New Jersey’s legal gambling industry – and the many state services and programs supported by gaming revenue and tax dollars – would have been devastated in 2020,” said Gurbir Grewal, New Jersey’s attorney general.
“Internet gaming has long been and continues to be an important industry in this country. It is one that the Department of Justice regarded as perfectly legal until its illogical backtracking in 2018.”