By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

JASPER, Ala. (AP) - A judge who declared electronic bingo
illegal in Walker County has denied a request to allow the
operations to continue until a higher court rules on an appeal.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Robert Vance said in his order
Tuesday that he cannot permit criminal activity for any period of

He ruled last week that electronic bingo is illegal in Walker
County. On Monday, lawyers for charities, electronic bingo hall
operators and machine manufacturers asked Vance to allow the games
until the Alabama Supreme Court rules on an appeal. An appeal has
not yet been filed.

The lawyers cited the hardship and economic loss as a result of
the halls closing.

Vance said he is certain he made the right decision.

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

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