electronic bingo http://apr.org en Ala. Supreme Court Rules For State In Bingo Cases http://apr.org/post/ala-supreme-court-rules-state-bingo-cases <p></p><p>The Alabama Supreme Court has again sided with the state's attorney general in attempts to shut down electronic bingo casinos.</p><p>Justices, in the opinion that was unsealed Tuesday, overturned 2011 orders from a judge that directed the state to return electronic gambling machines seized from Greene County casinos in 2011.</p><p>The attorney general's office has maintained the electronic gambling machines are not allowed by constitutional amendments allowing charities to offer bingo in some locations. Casino operators argue the games are legal bingo.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:28:25 +0000 The Associated Press 49510 at http://apr.org Ala. Supreme Court Rules For State In Bingo Cases Court Says Seized Casino Games Don't Resemble Bingo http://apr.org/post/court-says-seized-casino-games-dont-resemble-bingo <P>The Alabama Supreme Court says the gambling machines seized from VictoryLand casino don't resemble the game of bingo.</P> <P>The court issued an opinion Friday explaining why it ordered a search warrant for a raid by the attorney general after a Macon County judge refused.</P> <P>The justices said they viewed an undercover surveillance video of what the casino called "electronic bingo" games and they "do not reasonably resemble the game of bingo." The justices also said a reasonable man could reach no conclusion other than there is a fair possibility the games are illegal slot machines. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 22:37:33 +0000 The Associated Press 25944 at http://apr.org Court Says Seized Casino Games Don't Resemble Bingo AG Says Boost Penalty For Operating Gambling Machines http://apr.org/post/ag-says-boost-penalty-operating-gambling-machines <P>Alabama's attorney general will ask the Legislature to increase the penalty for operating illegal gambling machines.</P> <P>Luther Strange said Monday that he wants the penalty to go from a misdemeanor to a felony. He said the current penalty is a slap on the wrist compared to the large amounts of money that operators make.</P> <P>Strange was in Hoover on Monday to talk to legislators about their upcoming regular session, which starts Feb. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 22:39:59 +0000 The Associated Press 23207 at http://apr.org AG Says Boost Penalty For Operating Gambling Machines Lawyers Say Ex-Lobbyist Attacked In Alabama Prison http://apr.org/post/lawyers-say-ex-lobbyist-attacked-alabama-prison <P>Lawyers for a former lobbyist who pleaded guilty in Alabama's gambling corruption case say he was attacked at a federal prison in Montgomery and moved to a different prison.</P> <P>Attorneys for former Country Crossing casino lobbyist Jarrod Massey filed court documents requesting to see their client and check on his wellbeing. The date of the attack and Massey's condition are not disclosed in court records.</P> <P>The U.S. Fri, 07 Dec 2012 22:43:27 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 21698 at http://apr.org Lawyers Say Ex-Lobbyist Attacked In Alabama Prison Alabama Gambling Machines To Be Destroyed http://apr.org/post/alabama-gambling-machines-be-destroyed <p>A judge has ruled that the state attorney general's office can destroy the gambling machines seized in Alabama's first casino raid in 2009.</p><p>Circuit Judge Bob Vance ruled Monday after American Gaming Systems, Eclipse Gaming, Bally Gaming and Nova Gaming said they no longer wanted the machines because they are outdated. Former Gov. Bob Riley's gambling task force seized about 100 machines from White Hall Entertainment Center in Lowndes County on March 19, 2009.</p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 03:01:35 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 21202 at http://apr.org Alabama Gambling Machines To Be Destroyed Alabama Casino Developer Gets Prison Delay http://apr.org/post/alabama-casino-developer-gets-prison-delay <p>A federal judge has given Country Crossing casino developer Ronnie Gilley another two-week delay in reporting to prison.</p><p>Gilley was supposed to report to federal prison on Monday. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson has granted Gilley's request to delay that until Nov. 19. The delay will allow the Enterprise businessman more time to recover from a complication from an unspecified surgery. It is the fourth delay granted to Gilley.</p> Sat, 03 Nov 2012 15:15:47 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 20189 at http://apr.org Alabama Casino Developer Gets Prison Delay Lowndes County Casino Raided, Machines Seized http://apr.org/post/lowndes-county-casino-raided-machines-seized <P>The attorney general's office and state troopers have raided an electronic bingo casino in Lowndes County and seized more than 350 machines.</P> <P>Attorney General Luther Strange said a search warrant was served Friday at Southern Star Entertainment Center in White Hall after an investigation of several months.</P> <P>The casino opened in March with what it described as legal bingo machines, but Strange said they were illegal. Fri, 02 Nov 2012 21:36:24 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 20164 at http://apr.org Lowndes County Casino Raided, Machines Seized Ala. Casino Developer Seeks Another Prison Delay http://apr.org/post/ala-casino-developer-seeks-another-prison-delay <P>Country Crossing casino developer Ronnie Gilley is asking a federal judge not to make him report to prison next week.</P> <P>Gilley is seeking another delay because of unspecified medical problems. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson gave Gilley permission on Monday to file his latest request in private. The judge did not immediately rule on the request.</P> <P>Gilley pleaded guilty to offering bribes to legislators and was originally supposed to report to prison Aug. 27 to serve six years and eight months. He got his report date delayed until Sept. 24 to allow him to have surgery. Tue, 30 Oct 2012 22:27:10 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 20002 at http://apr.org Ala. Casino Developer Seeks Another Prison Delay Alabama Casino Lobbyist Gets Probation http://apr.org/post/alabama-casino-lobbyist-gets-probation A casino lobbyist who admitted offering bribes to legislators has received probation. U.S. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 22:17:27 +0000 The Associated Press 18449 at http://apr.org Alabama Casino Lobbyist Gets Probation Ala. Casino Lobbyist, Ex-Legislator Report To Prison http://apr.org/post/ala-casino-lobbyist-ex-legislator-report-prison A casino lobbyist and a former legislator who pleaded guilty in Alabama's gambling corruption case are now in federal prison. A spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons said lobbyist Jarrod Massey reported Monday to the minimum-security prison camp at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery. Former state Rep. Terry Spicer of Elba reported to the minimum-security prison camp in Marion, Ill. Massey has a sentence of five years and five months for offering bribes to legislators. Mon, 27 Aug 2012 22:33:13 +0000 The Associated Press 16917 at http://apr.org Ala. Casino Lobbyist, Ex-Legislator Report To Prison Judge Delays Sentencing For Ala. Casino Lobbyist http://apr.org/post/judge-delays-sentencing-ala-casino-lobbyist A judge has delayed the last sentencing in Alabama's gambling corruption case. U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins granted a request Thursday from former Country Crossing casino lobbyist Jennifer Pouncy to delay her sentencing from Aug. 29 to Sept. 26. She sought the delay to allow more time to study a presentencing report by federal probation officers. That report is due Aug. 22. Pouncy pleaded guilty in 2010 to one count of conspiracy. She admitted offering bribes to legislators to support pro-gambling legislation. Thu, 02 Aug 2012 22:09:11 +0000 Associated Press 15557 at http://apr.org Judge Delays Sentencing For Ala. Casino Lobbyist AG Seized $283,000 In Cash From Alabama Casino http://apr.org/post/ag-seized-283000-cash-alabama-casino <p>Alabama&#39;s attorney general seized more than $283,000 in cash during a raid on the Center Stage casino near Dothan.</p><p>Attorney General Luther Strange has asked a Houston County judge to let him turn over the money to the state treasury and allow him to destroy 691 computer terminals, servers and other pieces of equipment seized in the raid Wednesday. Strange says the equipment and money were part of an illegal gambling operation.</p><p>Circuit Judge Larry Anderson is considering the case.</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 22:11:41 +0000 Associated Press 15284 at http://apr.org AG Seized $283,000 In Cash From Alabama Casino Ala. Gambling Trial Judge Wants Bribery Clarity http://apr.org/post/ala-gambling-trial-judge-wants-bribery-clarity <p><font face="Arial">The judge who presided over Alabama&#39;s two gambling corruption trials says the U.S. Supreme Court needs to clear up when a campaign contribution constitutes a bribe.</font></p><p><font face="Arial">U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued an opinion saying there is ``considerable confusion&#39;&#39; about how federal corruption laws apply to campaign contributions. He says a precise definition of bribery would help.</font></p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 21:23:05 +0000 Associated Press 15226 at http://apr.org Ala. Gambling Trial Judge Wants Bribery Clarity Atty. General Raids Dothan's Center Stage Casino http://apr.org/post/atty-general-raids-dothans-center-stage-casino <p><font face="Arial">State and local law enforcement have raided Center Stage casino near Dothan and seized several hundred machines.</font></p><p><font face="Arial">State Attorney General Luther Strange announced that his office worked with the Houston County sheriff and district attorney to serve a search warrant Wednesday morning that resulted from an ongoing investigation of illegal gambling.</font></p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 21:31:29 +0000 Associated Press 15172 at http://apr.org Atty. General Raids Dothan's Center Stage Casino Feds: 11 years should punish Ala. casino bribery http://apr.org/post/feds-11-years-should-punish-ala-casino-bribery <p><b><font face="Arial">Federal prosecutors are recommending that Country Crossing casino developer Ronnie Gilley spend nearly 11 years in prison for offering millions of dollars in bribes to Alabama legislators.</font></b></p><p><b><font face="Arial">They&#39;re also suggesting that Gilley&#39;s lobbyist, Jarrod Massey, spend slightly more than 11 years behind bars for his role in the case.</font></b></p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 22:56:10 +0000 Associated Press 14302 at http://apr.org Feds: 11 years should punish Ala. casino bribery