August 6, 2009
NBA's crooked ref results in interesting restitution ruling from Second Circuit
The Second Circuit today has an interesting ruling on restitution awards in US v. Battista, No. 08-3750 (2d Cir. Aug. 6, 2009) (available here). Here is how it starts:
Defendant-Appellant James Battista appeals from a judgment of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (Amon, J.), entered on July 24, 2008, convicting him, after a guilty plea, of conspiracy to transmit wagering information in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 371, 1084. Battista was a co-conspirator, along with Thomas Martino, in the much-publicized National Basketball Association (“NBA”) gambling scandal involving former referee Timothy Donaghy. Following guilty pleas by all three defendants, the NBA, and the United States on its behalf, sought restitution. The district court determined that each defendant was required to pay restitution to the NBA as a victim of their criminal offenses. Only Battista challenges the imposition of restitution on appeal. For the reasons that follow, we affirm the restitution order of the district court.
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That gambling thing in NBA should stop, It's somewhat affect the reputation of the NBA..
Posted by: cheap fioricet | Aug 13, 2009 11:55:58 PM
I'm so disgusted at this. Thanks for making it more known. The nba is such a great game in my opinion and the refs ruin it so bad. They want to be the stars of the show. I hope this ref gets punished!!
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