The Professor Takes One Last Punt?
A new twist was added to the long-winded legal battle between former Full Tilt Poker executives Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson and Rafe Furst and the U.S. government after Lederer requested a status conference with the federal court to discuss poker’s standing as a game of skill.
It is understood that in the aftermath of the case of the United States v. DiCristina – in which Judge Jack B. Weinstein ruled that poker was a game of skill and does not constitute illegal gambling – Lederer’s attorneys will argue that many of the charges levelled at him do not have legal basis.
“How the government approaches a potential amended complaint, and how the defendants approach moving for its dismissal, are both matters which can be more efficiently handled if the parties have an opportunity to make the Court aware of their plans and views in light of DiCristina,” an attorney for Lederer wrote to Judge Leonard B. Sand earlier in the week.
However, the U.S. government have since responded to the letter and yesterday declared that they did not agree with the verdict of the DiCristina case, adding that therefore, they did not feel a status conference between Lederer and the court would be necessary at this time. If Lederer’s lawyers are to have the complaints against him, Furst and Ferguson, they will have until September 10, 2012.