Catching up on some news, the unfortunately named Peter Dicks resigned his post as Chair of Sportingbet PLC last week.
However, it’s not all bad news for Dicks. As reported by ABC News, Dicks’ attorney last week put in a formal request to New York Governor George Pataki "to withdraw a warrant the governor had signed that would allow Dicks’ extradition to Louisiana."
Dicks’ attorney argued that Dicks "has not committed any crimes [in Louisiana] or anywhere. He hasn’t been in Louisiana for 20 years."
Turns out that maybe Governor Pataki likes Dicks. Maybe he likes Dicks a lot. Because last Thursday he withdrew the warrant and the restrictions on Dicks’ bail that barred him from traveling outside of New York, leaving Dicks free to go back to London.
And with Dicks unleashed from containment in the U.S., more details on why Dicks was locked up in the first place are coming out. It appears that,
"Sources close to the investigation say that evidence against Dicks is not convincing enough for him to be extradited. They believe the state’s lax attitude to gambling has created a thriving local industry and that Sportingbet’s success may have antagonised local firms."
So let’s all root that, like a dog swatting away unwanted fleas, Dicks beats off those pesky U.S. authorities who charged him with unprosecutable crimes– and that when this whole ordeal is over, Dicks will get to relax, kick back, and flap in the breeze.