Richard Willstatter was quoted in an article in the Village Voice.  The article begins:

Last Wednesday, a former bookmaker named James Giordano stood up in a Queens courtroom to be sentenced for promoting illegal gambling.

Giordano, 55, was indicted in 2006 for running a sports betting website in the Caribbean that banked millions of dollars in bets from dozens of U.S.-based bookies and thousands of individual gamblers. Just over three years later, the case was finally at an end.

The hearing was brief, a routine matter of the kind that takes place in courtrooms all the time, and the sentence—five months in prison—hardly seemed noteworthy.

But for those who have followed Giordano’s case, his sentencing was a characteristically ambiguous end to an epic battle being fought over your right to place a wager on the Internet…


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