Imminent Raid for VictoryLand?

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SHORTER, Ala. (AP) - A Macon County judge has removed his temporary restraining order that kept the Governor's Task Force on Illegal Gambling from raiding VictoryLand's closed electronic bingo casino in Shorter.

Circuit Judge Tom Young removed the order Tuesday because the Alabama Supreme Court refused Friday to reconsider its decision that said the task force can operate in Macon County.

The commander of the task force, John Tyson, says he will enforce gambling laws, but won't announce his moves in advance.

A VictoryLand spokesman says the judge's actions don't change anything because VictoryLand hasn't operated electronic bingo for a month.

VictoryLand has walled off what was once the largest electronic bingo casino in the state.

Statement from Victoryland

Nothing has changed as a result of the Macon County Circuit Judge’s order today.

VictoryLand does not operate electronic bingo and has not since August 8, 2010. The Judge’s order dissolving the injunction does not give the Task Force the right to raid VictoryLand.

If the Task Force wishes to enter VictoryLand’s premises it must obtain a valid search warrant from a neutral and detached magistrate with jurisdiction. Any application for a search warrant must be supported with probable cause, which the Task Force cannot establish.

We received a copy of Justice Murdock’s statement this afternoon. In our opinion, Justice Murdock’s statement, and the Supreme Court’s statement in its Order dated September 3, 2010 raises more questions than they answer.

In light of those statements, we renew our request for the appropriate authorities to investigate the issuance of opinions related to electronic bingo, the manner in which those opinions have been procured, and allegations concerning the lack of impartiality of certain members of the Court.

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