Federal judge dismisses VictoryLand lawsuit, sanctions plaintiffs’ attorney

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A federal judge Monday dismissed a lawsuit that alleged that a raid of VictoryLand violated the voting rights of residents of Macon County, and ordered the attorney who represented Macon County officials in the suit to reimburse the state’s legal costs. In a 52-page decision, Chief U.S. District Judge William Keith Watkins said that the [...]

Feds tell AG that Poarch Creek casinos are legal, do not have to follow state bingo laws

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The federal authority that oversees Indian casinos strongly reinforced to Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange that, despite his recent attempted action against the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, the tribe does not have to follow the state definition of bingo and has a right to operate electronic bingo casinos in the state. Strange has pushed [...]

Roy Moore applauds AG for gambling fight

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Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore said Monday that Attorney General Luther Strange “has done an excellent job” trying to enforce gambling laws in Alabama. Moore, speaking to the Montgomery Rotary Club, said that gambling has been an issue since he first arrived on the court in 2001 for his first term as chief [...]

AG seeks to oust judge in VictoryLand case

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The attorney general’s office is trying to have Circuit Judge Tom Young Jr. removed from the case involving the seizure of machines and cash from the casino at VictoryLand and argues he is hostile toward the attorney general’s office, has prejudged key issues, and is biased against the state’s evidence in the case. Deputy Attorney [...]

Robert Bentley interview, Part 1: Private jobs, state jobs and the gambling fight

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Gov. Robert Bentley sat down with the Montgomery Advertiser Thursday for a wide-ranging interview about his first two years in office and the issues facing the state.  We’ll be running excerpts from the interview over the next few days, along with video shot by Montgomery Advertiser photographer Mickey Welsh.  (Transcripts will be edited for clarity.)  [...]