Update on Lee Rousso vs. the State of Washington

Seattle

It looks like Poker Players Alliance member Lee Rousso will finally get his day in court against the state of Washington after Judge Mary E. Roberts issued her ruling on Rousso's discovery dispute with the state.

Rousso, a lawyer and the state representative for the PPA in Washington, is challenging the constitutionality of Washington's online gambling ban. He filed the lawsuit on the first day of the 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event.

He regularly updates readers on his case at http://pokerplayersalliance.org, and on Friday, Rousso was optimistic about Robert's ruling over the discovery dispute.

"The judge agreed with me about 99%, [with] the state only about 1%," he said. "In layman's terms, it was a rout."

Rousso remarked he has one more item left to debate with the state of Washington but it looks extremely likely he will be heading to court.

In the past Rousso has accused the state of imposing a ban on online gambling to protect its own gambling industry. That would be a violation of the U.S. Constitution's commerce clause forbidding individual states from passing protectionist laws against other states' business.

Rousso hit an obstacle to his case last year when the state demanded information, as part of discovery, that Rousso believed was confidential and implicated his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Due to a change in court scheduling Rousso's hearing date has been moved back to May 15. Rousso is asking all Seattle-area poker players to make an appearance at the court and show their support for online poker.

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