Category: State Criminal Law

December 4, 2011

Arkansas High Court Considers Impact of Juror’s Use of Twitter During Trial

Arkansas may be the next state (after California) to tighten restrictions on Internet usage by jury members. Earlier this year, California passed a law governing jurors’ use of the Internet. On November 17, 2011, the Arkansas Supreme Court considered whether a juror’s use of Twitter during a capital murder trial unfairly prejudiced defendant Erickson Dimas-Martinez…. Read More

New California Law Takes Aim at Jurors’ Uses of Internet

We have written about the impacts of ubiquitous Internet access and social-media networking on the jury system. Last February, we considered a Reuters Legal study that identified an exponential increase in the number of jury verdicts that have been challenged due to Internet-related juror misconduct. We also commented on a U.K. juror’s eight-month sentence for chatting… Read More

Illinois Court Ruling Upholds State’s New Video Gaming Act

In a 7-0 decision, the Illinois Supreme Court recently upheld legislation that will allow video gaming in the state for the first time. Earlier this month, the court ruled in favor of the Illinois legislature’s 2009 omnibus bill for funding capital projects that included the Video Gaming Act. The legislation had been challenged by Chicago… Read More

Massachusetts Cracks Down on Gambling at Internet Cafes

Last month, citing evidence that illegal gambling was going on at “Internet cafés” throughout the state, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley issued a new permanent regulation banning gambling at such places. The regulation bans the operation of establishments “where a gambling purpose predominates over the bona fide sale of bona fide goods or services” – in… Read More

Black Friday Chills Legislative Momentum in Nevada and Elsewhere

Just a couple of months ago, there was considerable optimism after the introduction of an interactive-gaming bill in the Nevada legislature that that state could be the first to legalize online poker. However, in the wake of last month’s “Black Friday” indictments, it now appears that the optimism was premature. The state legislature is clearly… Read More

D.C. Becomes First Place in U.S. to Legalize Online Poker

Yesterday, April 7, 2011, saw a historic moment in igaming as the District of Columbia became the first American jurisdiction to enact a law that allows online poker wagering. The amendment, called the “Lottery Modernization Act of 2010” for the year it was introduced, is part of a larger budget bill passed by the D.C…. Read More