Washington DC conservative group Judicial Watch has revealed that they have filed a lawsuit seeking the release of the documents related to the US Department of Justice's decision to rule that the Wire Act does not pertain to online casino gambling.
The lawsuit comes after the group filed a Freedom of Information Act request in October of last year, where the sought: "Any and all records concerning, regarding, or related to the December 23, 2011 ruling to legalize non-sports betting over the internet, including but not limited to any records on the legal basis for the ruling under the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006."
The request required the Department of Justice to reply by February 18th, but that request went unanswered and leading to the lawsuit in which the group states: "As of the date of this complaint, July 15, the Justice Department has failed to determine whether to comply with the FOIA request; notify Judicial Watch of any such determination; advise Judicial Watch of the right to appeal any adverse determination; produce the requested records or otherwise demonstrate that the requested records are exempt from production."
On December 23rd, 2011 the United States Department of Justice ruled that The Wire Act of 1961 only forbade the placing of bets online related to sports. That move opened the door for online casino games and lottery sales to be offered in the United States, an activity that Judicial Watch reportedly has.
Casino Listings will update this story as the lawsuit progresses.