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4:28 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Ala. Supreme Court Rules For State In Bingo Cases

The Alabama Supreme Court has again sided with the state's attorney general in attempts to shut down electronic bingo casinos.
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The Alabama Supreme Court has again sided with the state's attorney general in attempts to shut down electronic bingo casinos.

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.

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.

The court said the amendments allow traditional bingo games. Justices said the word electronic in the amendment for Greene County did not exempt the casinos from that definition.

The court had also ordered the issuance of the search warrants that allowed raids at three county casinos on Monday.