A Macon County judge has issued a temporary restraining order against the governor's gambling task force and setting a hearing for later this month.
The order was entered at 12:45 PM in Macon County Circuit Court, just 15 minutes before VictoryLand reopened. Alabama's largest bingo emporium voluntarily closed its doors a month ago to avoid a task force raid.
The order issued today expires March 19th. It prohibits the task force from raiding any business in Macon County or any other county except Mobile County, where task force chief John Tyson is district attorney.
The order is based on a motion filed by Macon County District Attorney Paul Jones challenging the right of the governor and Tyson to usurp his authority as the local district attorney.
A hearing has been set for March 19th in Tuskegee.