Ala. bingo hall seeks end to threat of raid

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - A financial backer of an electronic bingo hall that was targeted by Alabama's governor wants a federal judge to protect it from further government interference.

A bondholder for the Country Crossing bingo hall near Dothan filed a motion in federal court Thursday seeking to prevent Gov. Bob Riley's Task Force On Illegal Gambling from stopping the bingo hall from operating.

The request was made by the Maryland-based Lord Abbett Municipal Income Fund, which holds about $5 million in bonds tied to the facility.

Country Crossing's gambling hall, restaurants and inn have been closed since late January to prevent a raid by that task force. A spokesman for Gov. Bob Riley said the governor's office had not seen the legal request.

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