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Jon Kyl Praised AG for Prosecuting Doug Ducey's Uncle

Talk about a small world: In this 2006 C-SPAN clip, Kyl heralds the indictment of Doug Ducey's money-laundering uncle, William "Billy" Scott

Governor-elect Doug Ducey's recent announcement that former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl will chair his transition committee offers a delicious mix of irony and hypocrisy.

See, while he was in the Senate, Kyl was known for his fervent opposition to all forms of Internet gambling. More than once during his 18 years as a Senator, he attempted to legislate a total ban on the virtual vice.

And yet, Kyl's proven an enthusiastic supporter of Ducey, the scion of an infamous Toledo, Ohio organized crime family named "Scott," which for decades was involved in illegal gambling, bookmaking, racketeering and other illicit activities.

In fact, Ducey's maternal uncle Billy Scott was an online gambling kingpin, who pleaded guilty in 2012 in federal court to international money laundering and violating the U.S. Wire Act.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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