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.

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


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  • by Jane Location: Dothan on Jun 1, 2010 at 05:15 PM
    Daniel, it's funny that electronic bingo (gambling) was considered illegal when Country Crossing wanted to open, yet Victoryland has been running for 18 years. And what about Greenetrack??? You are a fool to hide behind the illegal gambling statement. You know as well as anyone that Riley and his cronies weren't getting offers for bribes ande kickbacks. Get a clue, will you???
  • by JAMES Location: DOTHAN on May 31, 2010 at 07:18 AM
    YOU WILL NOT GET A FAIR CHANCE IF IT GOES BEFORE THE JUDGES HERE IN THIS BACKWARD STATE.ALL YOUR HIGH OFFICAL ARE IN BINGO RILEY FRONT POCKET.
  • by Dennie Location: Dothan on May 30, 2010 at 07:08 AM
    Good for them. That is just how backward Alabama wants to stay, have to go out of the State to try to get what the people plainly want, and the state needs
  • by daniel Location: Ala. on May 29, 2010 at 02:35 PM
    So now the gambling backers want a federal judge to tell Alabama what it can or can not do. Electric Bingo was illegal then and is now in this state. The backers knew it was when the put up the money and should go to jail for financing crime. They are just as guilty as Gilley, and the houston county circuit court, along with the houston county commisioners who snuggled up to the gambling folks. Lets not forget the district attorneys office. and their big chief Troy King. They could'nt see a crook if they used a microscope, or at least they did'nt act when the bad guys come to town.
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