Man seeks dismissal of Internet gambling charges

Published: Friday, March 21, 2014 at 23:23 PM.

“We wanted to let people know what the ruling was and give them an opportunity to comply. At the time I wrote the letter we were looking for voluntary compliance,” Cyrus testified. “It was a warning.”

Cyrus testified that “there was a lot of ambiguity across the state at that time” regarding the legality of the machines.

Defense witnesses Sherry Kralik and Betsy Lowery, both sweepstakes workers whose businesses had machines confiscated, testified that Havelock Commissioner Danny Walsh informed them before a June 24, 2013 Havelock board meeting that they could open up for business.

“He told us to go ahead and open,” Kralik testified. “He said the city of Havelock would not shut us down, that it would be the state.”

The state’s single witness was Walsh, who testified that he told Kralik and Lowery that “based on the parameters of that which we were discussing, that it wasn’t our decision to make and based on that they could go back in business.”

“I said my opinion is that you can open up, but let me take you back to the city manager (Jim Freeman) to explain it],” Walsh testified. “I remember that both Jim and I said that if anybody’s going to shut them down, it would be the state.”

Walsh testified that Muse “came to my business five or six times talking to me about it.” Walsh said he told Muse that “I’m the one guy on your side” explaining that he had voted to keep the license fee at $500 per machine instead of the proposed $2,000 per machine.



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