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COURT UPHOLDS COHEN CONVICTION

Aug 1, 2001 7:27 PM

The conviction of offshore bookmaker Jay Cohen for accepting telephone bets from New York gamblers was upheld in federal court on Tuesday.

The court ruled that the 40-year-old Wire Act prohibited Cohen from taking bets at his Antigua sports book.

The case is considered a blow to proponents of Internet gambling, who contend the Wire Act does not apply. Cohen has vowed to appeal to the Supreme Court.