AL Supreme Court to rule on electronic bingo restraining order - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

AL Supreme Court to rule on electronic bingo restraining order

MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - The State Supreme Court could rule as early as Wednesday on a restraining order that blocked the governor's anti-gambling task force from raiding Victoryland.
     
State troopers moved in Friday to shut down both Victoryland and Country Crossing in Dothan. Both facilities have closed down voluntarily for now.

Governor Riley is expected to speak on the situation on Wednesday morning before heading to Washington for a education-related meeting with President Obama.

The raid on Victoryland could get underway as early as Wednesday morning if the Alabama Supreme Court lifts a temporary restraining order.  

Late Tuesday, the gambling task force filed its response with the Supreme Court hoping the court will dissolve the circuit court restraining order that stopped the raid at Victoryland last Friday. The task force argues it had the right to seize machines without a search warrant. The Alabama Supreme Court could rule on that temporary restraining order at any time.

Also on Tuesday, the White Hall Entertainment Center closed its doors. The complex is closed waiting to see what happens with the battle between the governor's task force and Victoryland.

Attorneys for White Hall urged the facilities owners to close until the issue with Victoryland is resolved. The attorneys say they have already upgraded their computer equipment to meet the Supreme Court's standard of legal bingo.

A rally was held in Macon County Tuesday to urge the state to stop interfering with Victoryland, saying keeping it closed would be devastating to the county's economy.

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