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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Stemming from Casino Raid


A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing Alabama elected officials of violating the voting rights of Macon County residents when state agents raided Victoryland, the electronic gambling facility in Shorter.

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SHORTER, Ala. (AP) -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing Alabama elected officials of violating the voting rights of Macon County residents when state agents raided Victoryland, the electronic gambling facility in Shorter.

Authorities seized more than 1,600 gaming machines and more than $223,000 in cash during a raid in February and shut down the casino.

WSFA-TV reports that U.S. District Judge W. Keith Watkins dismissed the lawsuit Monday. Watkins wrote in a 50-page decision that the lawsuit had no legal merit and was "frivolous."

Plaintiffs in the case maintained that voters' rights were violated because they had approved a local constitutional amendment in 2003 that authorized certain types of charitable bingo within the county. They said those rights were violated when the state shut down Victoryland, but Watkins rejected that argument.


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