No not Mork and Mindy. Pay attention. Nanu-nanu. The online poker sites were hit with a law that didn’t exist in those times; they are supposed to be laundering money.
The law in my era was less sophisticated. We had a town marshal named Nate Brown that was a dead ringer for Barney Fife. His biggest job was making sure the town drunks got home so they could go to work in the morning and support their family. Money laundering happened when people forget their pocket change was left in their pants.
Law enforcement has morphed. The process of returning money to people with a legal claim on said money can be turned into a “crime of the century” kind of crime with abusive penalties. That is the real change — abusive penalties.
Due process, habeas corpus and all those bills of right are supposed to make it hard for government to be abusive. So, how are they getting away with it? It is your fault! Ok, mine too. We look at thing like RICO, 3-strikes, and money laundering and that the thing is there to protect us. Well, everything comes with a price and the price here is a bit of freedom. Each little reasonable step that tilts the field is our loss as much as it is some drug dealers.
On Cops you can watch them pull some druggy over for maybe or maybe not a bit more than that particular state decides is trafficking. And what does the cop say to the loser that is holding a job and has a family that will be affected most of all? “We own your car. RICO allows us to take it and sell it.” And some court will look at it all and say, “Yes, he is a repeat offender; your work ride is ours.”
Can’t fault 3-striker, right? Get “those criminals” off the street. Then you hear the story of the guy who is a little slow getting sent away for life for a series of stupid, little crimes. The cops and courts used it to get him out of their hair.
The founders were pretty sure they stopped illegal search and seizure and would enforce due process. The British Lobsterbacks could break into their homes without even a pretext. So, they really dotted the eyes when it came to right that couldn’t be denied. They thought they nailed it. So, this money laundering of legitimate funds we sent in with the expectation they would return our funds to us on request? Is that evil? According to the SDNY, it is.
If you think this attack is on PokerStars, Full Tilt, Excapsa or whatever they are calling themselves today, grow up! You are looking at the double speak that government and courts have available to affect our lives. And that happens every day in smaller ways that we grin and bear — put on our seat belt — eat our less tasty french fry — see our kids eating a crappy but supposed healthier, less fattening school lunch — and thank you sir may I have another.
Who is at fault in all this? Mirror available on request.
Under RICO, a person who is a member of an enterprise that has committed any two of 35 crimes—27 federal crimes and 8 state crimes—within a 10-year period can be charged with racketeering. Those found guilty of racketeering can be fined up to $25,000 and sentenced to 20 years in prison per racketeering count. In addition, the racketeer must forfeit all ill-gotten gains and interest in any business gained through a pattern of “racketeering activity.”
“A Federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a man who was barred from the New London police force because he scored too high on an intelligence test. Judge Dorsey ruled that Mr. Jordan was not denied equal protection because the city of New London applied the same standard to everyone: anyone who scored too high was rejected.”