AL Supreme Court Justice Criticized for Role in Gambling Decisions

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - (AP) - Representatives of two closed
casinos are complaining that Alabama Supreme Court Justice Glenn
Murdock joined in key decisions about electronic bingo without
disclosing that he once represented an owner of the Greenetrack
casino.

Greenetrack President Nat Winn and VictoryLand lawyer Mark White
say Murdock's role raises serious ethical questions.

But the commander of the Governor's Task Force on Illegal Gambling, John Tyson, says they waited too late to raise the issue since
Greenetrack has known about it for years.

Murdock was a lawyer for the Greene County Commission in the
late 1990s.

The commission is one of the owners of Greenetrack in Eutaw.

Documents show Murdock helped the commission work on legislation to authorize, regulate and tax electronic gambling machines at Greenetrack.

The commission changed lawyers in 1999, and county voters approved bingo in 2003.


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