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Ala. Supreme Court blocks Country Crossing hearing

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court has blocked a
hearing Thursday in Dothan, where a judge was going to consider
legal issues surrounding the closed Country Crossing casino.

The Supreme Court issued an order Wednesday stopping the hearing
pending further orders from the state's highest court. Chief
Justice Sue Bell Cobb dissented from the order.

Circuit Judge P.B. McLauchlin had scheduled the hearing Thursday
to consider whether the litigation filed by Country Crossing
against the Governor's Task Force of Illegal Gambling is still
pending before him and whether he can rule on the legality of the
gambling machines at Country Crossing.

Task Force Commander John Tyson had sought to block the
proceedings.

Country Crossing closed its electronic bingo casino Jan. 29 to
prevent a raid by the task force.

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


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