Tue March 19, 2013
Judge Won't Step Aside From Alabama Casino Case
A Macon County judge has refused to step aside from deciding what to do about gambling machines and cash seized from VictoryLand casino in Shorter.
State Attorney General Luther Strange had asked Circuit Judge Tom Young Jr. to recuse himself on grounds that he is prejudiced against the state's evidence. Young ruled at a hearing Tuesday that he is not prejudiced and will remain on the case rather than sending it to another judge. A spokesman for the attorney general says he is evaluating the next move.
The case involves whether the state can keep more than $223,000 in cash and destroy 1,615 gambling machines seized by the attorney general during a raid on VictoryLand on Feb. 19. VictoryLand's casino has been closed since the raid.