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The trial for a key player in Ohio's Internet cafes is delayed
Cuyahoga County judge wants more time for review, saying this could set national precedent

Kabir Bhatia
Lin-Dee's Internet Cafe in Streetsboro has seen a drop-off since the state began cracking down on the cafes
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The trial has been delayed for the company at the center of this year's internet cafe crackdown.

Officials of New Jersey-based VS2 Communications were slated for trial July 8 on charges including money laundering. But the Plain Dealer is reporting that Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Deena Calabrese ruled Friday that the case could set a national precedent and she wants more time to review it. The new trial date is Oct. 15.

Six cafes in Northeast Ohio were raided in April, and VS2 is accused of supplying the computer software for the games, which operate like slot machines.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has led the charge to shut down cafes statewide, and Ohio lawmakers have passed a law with restrictions that would virtually outlaw them.
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