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Electronic bingo court hearing underway

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A hearing is taking place this week over the legality of electronic bingo machines in Walker County.
       
Jefferson County Judge Robert Vance is expected to tackle the issue of whether the machines are covered in a constitutional amendment approved in the early 1990's allowing traditional paper-card bingo. Both Walker County's sheriff and district attorney sued in 2007 seeking a judge's ruling on the legality of electronic bingo for charities.

Tuesday morning, an attorney for the sheriff called an expert witness who testified that in his opinion the majority of the electronic bingo machines in Walker County resembled slot machines.
     
Walker County has about 18 bingo halls.

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