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NY poker case judge delays ex Utah exec's pleaJudge delays decision on former Utah bank exec's guilty plea in NY federal poker prosecution
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.
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