NY poker case judge delays ex Utah exec's plea

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3/28/2012 7:28:37 PM - AP News
NEW YORK (AP) — The government's plan to dispose of its prosecution of defendants in a crackdown on Internet poker companies without a trial has hit a snag after a New York judge refused to immediately accept a guilty plea from a Utah banker.Judge Lewis Kaplan (KAP'-luhn) ordered prosecutors to explain in writing why they let former St. George banker John Campos (KAMP'-ohs) plead guilty to a misdemeanor bank gambling charge on Wednesday. Kaplan asked prosecutors whether they were "basically walking away from the prosecution." The judge says he'll decide whether to accept the plea at a June 27 sentencing.Prosecutors responded by saying the deal they made with a stipulated sentencing range up to six months in prison was about what Campos would face if he pleaded guilty to a felony.