The National Basketball Association can be considered a victim for purposes of restitution in a gambling scandal involving one of its referees, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.

James Battista, who conspired with referee Timothy Donaghy to get information on games for betting purposes, claimed he should not be liable for restitution because the league could not be considered a victim under the Victim and Witness Protection Act of 1982.

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