Exactly - for whatever reason, and for better or worse, passing bills by hiding them underneath other bills is something your population and your system of government seems to be OK with.
Originally Posted by Charade You Are
This statement makes me want to scream:
In their new filing, the feds claim that Congress did not intend to exclude poker from UIGEA and that if it wanted to do so, lawmakers would have done it in a clearer fashion. Federal prosecutors point out that lawmakers changed the wording of the bill so that it would apply to games “subject to chance” as opposed to “predominantly subject to chance” for this reason.
This is exactly what I was talking about earlier: you're right, that argument is pretty lame. But let's be honest, poker's side isn't any more solid so this is all going to come down to the opinion of a few individuals.
Actually, does anyone know who decides the matter? If the case gets that far, I'm assuming Campos and Elie will be tried in front of a jury. But doesn't a judge have to decide on the interpretation of the law first? If they decide it doesn't apply, then (again, IANAL) that should be your precedent set before a jury becomes involved, right?