Oh Florida, you never fail to bring the crazy. The latest crazy news stemming from Florida involve a lawsuit filed by an internet café owner whose shop was shut down in April. The café was forced to close due to a Florida law intended to crack down on internet gambling centers disguised as public tech centers.
The law itself makes enough sense, but as Consuelo Zapata has brought to the court’s attention in his lawsuit, the details of the new law are so vague that they could theoretically apply to any computer or cell phone. Because technically any internet device could be used to access illegal gambling sites, by ruling of the new law, all computers and cell phones should be illegal in the state of Florida.
The incriminating line in the law is the one which defines illegal slot machines as any “system or network of devices that may used in a game of chance.” Considering pretty much anything ever falls under that definition, this law somewhat clearly bans much more than it intended to.
The lawsuit further claims that the bill was rushed to law in order to combat ongoing scandal within the Florida state government.
Maybe Florida can find a way to spin this in their favor. That whole NSA spying thing is still big right? How about Governor Jennifer Carroll announces that this is all a big symbol that the proud state of Florida will not sit around idly while big government watches! All you sheeple need to wake up and see that Florida is a state that cares about the fourth amendment!
…No? Oh well, you stay classy, Florida.