AG Strange Asks Macon County Judge to Step Down from VictoryLand Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama's attorney general is asking a Macon County judge to step aside from a case involving the seizure of 1,615 gambling machines and more than $223,000 in cash from VictoryLand casino in Shorter.

Attorney General Luther Strange filed court papers telling Circuit Judge Tom Young Jr. he should recuse himself because he's prejudiced against the state's evidence.

In court papers released Monday, the attorney general cites Young's refusal to issue a search warrant for the raid until ordered to do so by the Alabama Supreme Court. Even then, the judge said he didn't believe the attorney general had presented sufficient probable cause for a search warrant.

The attorney general wants a different judge to decide whether the state can keep money from the raid and destroy the gambling machines.

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