Judge Grants Nonprofit Bingo Permit

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The city has issued its first electronic
bingo permit.

Mobile-based House of Joshua Christian Center is the first
nonprofit group to be granted an electronic bingo permit since the
city approved the ordinance.

A Jefferson County judge ruled Tuesday that the City Council was
unreasonable in delaying the center's permit request.

Jefferson County District Attorney Brandon Falls argues the
electronic machines used in bingo halls are illegal.

Circuit Judge William Noble's ruling dealt with the city's
ordinance, but did not discuss the larger issue of the legality of
electronic bingo. Falls says that means any operator who opens an
electronic bingo hall takes a risk.

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