“New Mexico Supreme Court to hear gambling case against Las Cruces Internet cafe owner”

Milan Simonich has this article in the Las Cruces Sun-News about the case of Michael Vento, an internet café owner who offered his customers an opportunity to win sweepstakes prizes, but ended up getting prosecuted and convicted for violation of New Mexico’s gambling laws by then-District Attorney Susana Martinez.

Last summer the Court of Appeals reversed the conviction in State v. Vento, holding that the District Court erred by instructing the jury on an alternative theory of betting which, the Court said, was unsupported by the evidence.


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