Haynes and Boone, LLP: Internet Gambling Executive’s Arrest Raises Questions on US Motives
DALLAS, July 20 LAWFUEL – Press Release Service — The surprise airport arrest of a
prominent UK internet gambling executive this week is a counter-productive application of US law that ignores complex international trade issues, says Larry Gaydos, partner in the White Collar Defense/Antitrust Practice Group at Haynes and Boone, LLP.
“Selectively targeting foreign businessmen who are respected in their
own country to sensationalize the issue is unfair to the individuals and
our friends in the international community,” says Mr. Gaydos, who has
extensive experience in white collar criminal defense, foreign trade, and
general criminal matters. “Long-term, it may also have adverse consequences on US business. If the tables were reversed, I am sure the US would be
Along with the recent extradition of three UK bankers to face Enron-
related charges in Houston, the arrest of BetOnSports.com executive David
Carruthers at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Sunday night has
prompted many in the UK business and legal communities to cry foul. As the New York Times pointed out this week, “Now, many fear that the same
controversial extradition treaty could be used to force British online
gambling executives to stand trial in the United States.” Understandably,
gaming stocks on the London Stock Exchange have been severely impacted.
But, Mr. Gaydos says, the two cases are actually quite different in
legal foundation. The British banker extraditions involved wire fraud, but encompassed conduct that would be a crime in most countries. The supporting FBI affidavit used in the extradition proceedings properly sets out a “probable cause” case, he says.
The Carruthers arrest, however, is problematic because the activity
involved — online gambling — is legal in the UK.
“The issues involved are complex international issues involving trade
and broader issues about the international policing of the Internet,” Mr.
Gaydos says. “The many problems associated with both these international
issues require international solutions. The US attempt to do an end-run
through a publicized arrest like this is legitimately perceived as arrogant and probably counter-productive to the mutual international goal of solving a growing problem.”
Mr. Gaydos is available for interviews by contacting Doug Bedell at
[email protected] or calling 214-651-5815.
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