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I hope the Olympic judges aren't this harsh

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Yesterday the U.S. Olympic Committee asked a federal judge for the second time to shut down the Web site selling fraudulent tickets. It marked the second time because, shockingly, the site still hasn't been "federally" shut down.

Lawyers for the USOC want the judge to permanently disable beijingticketing.com, which they contend has scammed numerous U.S. residents out of thousands of dollars by falsely promising to deliver tickets to the games starting Friday.

The site was apparently disabled by its operators Monday, but the lawyers want the court order to make the take down permanent. A USOC lawyer said company managers notified customers via e-mail Monday morning that the promised tickets would not be delivered. The e-mail advised patrons to contact their credit card companies.

Interestingly, a similar site was ordered to be shut down by a federal judge in Phoenix. So what is holding up the permanent, legal shut-down process for beijingticketing?

Judge Jeffrey White had the chance to shut it down July 22nd but ruled there wasn't enough reason to close the site. Keep in mind the USOC had evidence in their suit that a private investigator lost nearly $2,000 on fraudulent tickets.

As a result of White's ignorance ... er, ruling, the USOC reworked their lawsuit and sent it back on Monday. Judge White says he will rule soon. Here's a hint for the Honorable Judge White: SHUT IT DOWN.

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