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April 24, 2014
Alabama courts continue to be busy determining the legality of gambling machines seized in raids in recent years.
While slot machine-style gambling is illegal in the state, several operations have attempted to use constitutional amendments allowing for traditional paper bingo operations as a way to bring in electronic “bingo” machines. Each time a facility is raided, those machines have to be judged in court.
The most recent ruling came from Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge David Hobdy on April 14 who ruled the 500 machines seized from Anchor Club in Brighton in 2011 are illegal. Nearly $70,000 was seized along with the machines. The machines will be destroyed and the money forfeited.
The next trial will be focused on VictoryLand casino in Macon County on June 23. The original trial date was June 3, but Circuit Judge William Shashy delayed the trial at the request of defense attorneys.
VictoryLand was raided in February 2013 with more than 1,600 gambling machines and more than $223,000 seized.