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The memo refers to the fact that the continued pushing back of potential enforcement is not a “safe harbor” from violations. Put another way; if the DOJ thinks lotteries, online casinos or even sportsbooks have run afoul of the Wire Act now or in the past, it could still prosecute violations. From the memo: Providing this extension of the forbearance period is an internal exercise of prosecutorial discretion and does not create a safe harbor for violations of the Wire Act. All other provisions of the January 15, February 28, and April 8, 2019 memoranda remain in effect.
April 8, 2019: US DOJ Filing on Wire Act (State Lottery Not Addressed)
US DOJ Opinion on Wire Act regarding State Lottery is currently being reviewed.
June 2019: Proposed Barr Amendment
Intended to limit the US DOJ's enforcement of the Wire Act to sports betting only