Saltzburg Joins Fight Against UIGEA

Published on: September 9, 2008 

Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association – aka iMEGA – has added one of Washington, DCs most accomplished and prominent lawyers to their legal team in its continuing effort to challenge the constitutionality of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA).  Stephen A. Saltzburg, a law professor at George Washington University, has begun working with iMEGA, an advocacy group that is dedicated to the continued innovation and growth of the Internet, in their fight against the UIGEA and has been helping iMEGA’s legal team prepare for the appeal case that will be brought before the United State’s 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals.

Joe Brennan Jr., who is the Chairman and CEO of iMEGA, has stated that Saltzburg is one of the best and that his experience will greatly benefit their cause.  Saltzburg will be joining Eric M. Bernstein, a First Amendment and Internet Law attorney, and Edward Leyden, chief counsel and president in iMEGA, in the fight against having the UIGEA overturned.

"We always had a strong team representing us," Brennan stated to the press. "The addition of Prof. Saltzburg to our line-up demonstrates that iMEGA is serious about meeting the US Department of Justice on equal terms in court, and that we have strong advocates making a compelling argument as to why the court should overturn this troubling law."

For those people unfamiliar with Saltzburg’s credentials, he is a former deputy assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division of the United State’s Department of Justice.  He served as chairman of the ABA Criminal Justice Section from 2007 to 2008 and has been with George Washington University since 1990.  He was also professor at the University of Virginia School of Law and was named the 1st incumbent of the Class of 1962 Endowed Chair.

Brennan spoke on iMEGA’s behalf at the Next Generation Gambling Conference in Montreal about the UIGEA.  He has stated that the law basically boiled down to the contradiction of being able to freely play poker in a land based casino as compared to sitting on your computer and doing the same thing.  He claims that the law is ludicrous because it allows people to gamble offline legally, but not online.  Stated Brennan, “The rights that we have as Americans should translate to the online world; there should be no inconsistencies. We should have the same rights online as we have offline."

iMEGA has until September 30, 2008 to file its case in the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals.  This court has traditionally been supportive of First Amendment rights which many online gamers feel are being infringed upon by the UIGEA.

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