The Alabama Supreme Court has ordered a Macon County judge to step aside from a case involving the state attorney general's seizure of electronic gambling machines from VictoryLand casino in Shorter.
The court ruled Friday on a request by Attorney General Luther Strange to have Macon County Circuit Judge Tom Young step aside. Young has initially refused to give the attorney general a search warrant for the raid in February, but did so reluctantly after being ordered by the Supreme Court.
VictoryLand in Shorter will resume betting on simulcast horse and dog races on Friday.
Owner Milton McGregor said the simulcast operation will open at 10:30 a.m. and wagering will start at 11 a.m.
The entire VictoryLand operation has been closed since the state attorney general raided its casino Feb. 19. The casino remains closed. McGregor said he's happy to put some of the employees back to work in the simulcast operation. He said the simulcast races will be offered Wednesdays through Sundays.
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.
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Gaming Systems, Eclipse Gaming, Bally Gaming and Nova Gaming said they no longer wanted the machines because they are outdated.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.
The state's troubled General Fund is getting nearly $550,000 from a raid on a gambling hall in Lowndes County.
Attorney General Luther Strange's office announced that Circuit Judge Robert Vance approved the forfeiture of the money to state.
Alabama's gambling task force seized the money during a raid on electronic bingo machines at the White Hall Entertainment Center in March 2009. The operators, Cornerstone Community Outreach and Freedom Trail Ventures, recently agreed to forfeit the $549,981. The judge approved it in a one-paragraph order Tuesday.