US Court Will Accept Black Friday Defendant's Guilty Plea

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A United States District Judge has decided that he will accept a guilty plea from a payment processor who was indicted by the federal government on Black Friday.

U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan decided to accept the guilty plea from payment processor John Campos, who struck a plea deal with federal prosecutors. Originally Kaplan demanded that prosecutors explain why they had struck a deal with Campos to plea to misdemeanor charges instead of the felonies he was facing.

Campos plead guilty earlier this month for his role in handling illicit payment transactions for Absolute Poker, Full Tilt Poker, and PokerStars.

In other Black Friday news, defendant Brent Beckley will be sentenced this week after he plead guilty to his crimes in December. During his plea, Beckley told the court: “I knew that it was illegal to accept credit cards from players to gamble on the Internet. I knew it was illegal to deceive the banks in this way.”