Federal judge refuses to block Ala. gambling raid

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has refused to block a
raid on the Country Crossing bingo hall in Dothan.

Country Crossing had sought an order from U.S. District Judge
Myron Thompson of Montgomery to block a raid by the Governor's Task
Force on Illegal Gambling. Thompson declined to issue a temporary
restraining order Monday afternoon.

The judge said Country Crossing and the task force should
address their issues in state court rather than federal court.

Country Crossing had turned to federal court after the task
force sought to raid the casino, which has some 1,700 electronic
bingo machines.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by mary Location: marianna on Feb 2, 2010 at 09:18 PM
    I am 100% behinf Country Crossing but let's be fair. Those who are ranting against the Christians and ministers need to stand corrected, for the most part all they have asked for is to put this before the people and let everyone vote for what they want.
  • by Hannah Location: Al on Feb 2, 2010 at 03:43 PM
    I'ts not illegal for the people to vote, so why aren't we voteing? Why is it just up to a small group of people to decide? Sometimes I wonder if this is really America? What has happened to our rights!!
  • by Carlton Location: Alabama on Feb 2, 2010 at 03:01 PM
    Listening to the Country Crossing radio spot that slams Bob Riley "and the Indians" there's a bit about how someone in Riley's own cabinet went to MS and won some money gambling. That fact and the entire radio message is slamming Riley for corruption. If so, that hardly makes a point FOR gambling. If anything, it actually REAFFIRMS what the anti-gambling faction says: GAMBLING IS BAD AND IT CORRUPTS. It's laughable that the Bingo Barron tries to use alleged corruption in Riley's cabinet to whitewash gambling and make it out to be a good thing! Just goes to show that the intellect of the Bingo Barron and his Hillbilly Bingo Bullies is at about a third grader's level.
  • by Whit Location: Dothan on Feb 2, 2010 at 02:56 PM
    To all the people who keep insisting that gambling is illegal in Alabama, I would like to remind you that Victoryland been open for 23 years now. It's a legal loophole that the politicians in Montgomery have been willing to turn a blind eye to and Macon County has benefited from it tremendously. When someone tries to bring something similar to Houston County, not only do some people equate it to allowing drug dealers loose on the state, but the Governor decides in his last few months in office, he will single-handedly save this state from the vice of gambling! I wish it were just a joke, but it's not and people are suffering for it. It's pathetic.
  • by mark Location: enterprise on Feb 2, 2010 at 09:45 AM
    If cc changes ownership I believe the same judge should be used that made this ruling.He's a honest judge.
  • by Teri Location: Georgia on Feb 2, 2010 at 05:29 AM
    One thing i am wondering about is the Indian Bingo halls. No one has said anything about them being raided ? If its not legal for one its not legal for all. To the Good people of Alabama it was fun while it lasted, I guess your neighbors from Georgia will have to go back to Mississippi to spend there money, and support there economy. Good luck to you all.
  • by cat Location: Headland ala on Feb 1, 2010 at 11:27 PM
    To the wiregrass area I support the gov stand on slot machines. If drug dealer sat up atable in your children school yard.AN started giving your kids meth Would you think it was okay? because hespent 19 m i the wiregrass an went tv telling everyone that meth isn't bad. THE ala law is clear on what is leagal.MAYBE the poeple of the wiregrass need to read thelaw.because its real cear.The macines at cc are slot machines.CC isn't the God sent that Mike G.says. Come poeple if a drug dealer tells that his drugs are good for you.An that his out of state bosses will.Give 1300 poeple jobs Is that good for you? If cc has nothing going on.WHY did they close? Yes we need jobs. BUT at what cost? These people at cc playing with fears of people of the wiregrass.Because there are no jobs here.Don't let cc P--- in your ear and tell you it's raining.WE need jobs badly yes.THERE'S no companys or factorys open arould wiregrass. I know that alot poeple are going to mad hell about What i have her
  • by kweems Location: dothan on Feb 1, 2010 at 09:43 PM
    i think this all is a waste of taxpayers money n a waste og time for the state troopers who were just doing as they were told. bob riley really needs to get it together. even at chucky cheese you play for tickets which in return you get prizes. is that too a form of gambling?
  • by Houston County Location: Houston County on Feb 1, 2010 at 08:44 PM
    Culver seems to talk out of both sides of his mouth. When this issue first surfaced, Houston County citizens appeared before the Houston County Commission and politely asked Culver and the Commission to hold off and let the people vote. Culver denied the people of Houston County that right. Now that, for lack of a better way to put it, the money is on the Governor's Task Force on illegal gambling, Culver now appears before the media and almost appears to beg the Governor, "...just let the people vote on this issue." If this had not been previously raised by citizens of Houston County, this plea might fly. Not now Mark. You have lied to the people of Houston County and your mouth has written a check that your butt can't cash. You and the Houston County Commission have brought shame on this County and placed us in an unnecessarily embarrassing situation. In short, you sold us out to the devil (illegal gambling interests). Shame on us if we allow any of you to be re-elected.
  • by Ann Location: dothan on Feb 1, 2010 at 08:34 PM
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