Supreme Court stays ruling on bingo machines

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court says that for
now Gov. Bob Riley's task force on illegal gambling can hold onto gaming machines and cash seized in a raid at an electronic bingo facility in Lowndes County.

The court Friday stayed an order by former Supreme Court Justice Mark Kennedy. Kennedy had ordered that all machines and cash seized
in the March raid be returned to operators of the facility in White Hall.

The governor's office argued that Kennedy should have stepped down from hearing the case because he has done work for the Poarch Creek Indian Tribe.

The tribe operates electronic bingo machines at facilities in Montgomery, Wetumpka and Atmore.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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