Sunday, February 01, 2009

South Carolina outlaws games of Go Fish?

Wherein this seems both overly broad and pointlessly specific
 
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Maybe this can be edited down to something understandable and useful:
If any person shall play at any tavern, inn, store for the retailing of spirituous liquors or in any house used as a place of gaming, barn, kitchen, stable or other outhouse, street, highway, open wood, race field or open place at (a) any game with cards or dice, (b) any gaming table, commonly called A, B, C, or E, O, or any gaming table known or distinguished by any other letters or by any figures, (c) any roley-poley table, (d) rouge et noir, (e) any faro bank (f) any other table or bank of the same or the like kind under any denomination whatsoever or (g) any machine or device licensed pursuant to Section 12-21-2720 and used for gambling purposes, except the games of billiards, bowls, backgammon, chess, draughts, or whist when there is no betting on any such game of billiards, bowls, backgammon, chess, draughts, or whist or shall bet on the sides or hands of such as do game, upon being convicted thereof, before any magistrate, shall be imprisoned for a period of not over thirty days or fined not over one hundred dollars, and every person so keeping such tavern, inn, retail store, public place, or house used as a place for gaming or such other house shall, upon being convicted thereof, upon indictment, be imprisoned for a period not exceeding twelve months and forfeit a sum not exceeding two thousand dollars, for each and every offense.

 
Isn't this just saying:
If any person shall gamble or bet, upon conviction may be imprisoned for no more than 30 days or fined not over $100 dollars. Any person providing gambling or betting, upon conviction may be imprisoned for no more than 12 months AND fined not over $2000 dollars.

Maybe elsewhere South Carolina explains in mind-numbing detail what they mean by gambling and betting. But since this doesn't and only states that if you gamble you may be fined or sent to jail, why not JUST SAY THAT?

3 Comments:

Blogger Outis said...

But since this doesn't and only states that if you gamble you may be fined or sent to jail, why not JUST SAY THAT?

The lawyers write the laws to be as incomprehensible as possible so as to insure the continued need for lawyers. Any lawyer attempting to hold a government position, particularly a law- or regulation-writing position, should be immediately disqualified on the basis of conflict of interest. Perhaps that ought to be a constitutional amendment.

2/01/2009 01:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Leo said...

I love the law.

2/02/2009 12:25:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

someone has to.

2/02/2009 05:05:00 PM  

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