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State Vs Greenetrack Inc.
5:44 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

State Tries to Keep Seized Greenetrack Money and Machines

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The Alabama Supreme Court is reviving the state's attempt to keep about $94,000 in cash and hundreds of alleged gambling machines seized from a west Alabama gaming center.

The court on Friday overturned a judge's decision dismissing the state's attempt to confiscate $93,917 and 376 machines from Greenetrack Inc.

State agents seized the money and machines during a raid at Greenetrack on June 1, 2011, and operators went to court trying to get the items returned.

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Casino Raid-Trial
11:47 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Casino Seeks To Break AG's Winning Streak

VictoryLand casino is trying to break the attorney general's winning streak in a series of cases involving gambling machines seized in raids.
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 VictoryLand casino is trying to break the attorney general's winning streak in a series of cases involving gambling machines seized in raids.

A four-day trial ended Friday involving the legality of 1,600 gambling machines the attorney general seized from VictoryLand in Macon County last year. Circuit Judge William Shashy will rule in a few weeks.

The outcome will determine whether VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor can reopen what was once Alabama's largest casino or whether the attorney general can destroy the machines.

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Supreme Court-Bingo
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.

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Casino Raid
4:37 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Court Says Seized Casino Games Don't Resemble Bingo

Alabama's Supreme Court says games seized from Victoryland Casino last month don't resemble bingo.
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The Alabama Supreme Court says the gambling machines seized from VictoryLand casino don't resemble the game of bingo.

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.

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.

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Politics & Government
4:39 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

AG Says Boost Penalty For Operating Gambling Machines

Alabama's attorney general will ask the Legislature to increase the penalty for operating illegal gambling machines.

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.

Strange was in Hoover on Monday to talk to legislators about their upcoming regular session, which starts Feb. 5.

Alabama Gambling Trial
4:43 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Lawyers Say Ex-Lobbyist Attacked In Alabama Prison

Lawyers for ex-lobbyist Jarrod Massey say he's been attacked in prison.
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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.

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.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons reports Massey was moved from the federal prison in Montgomery to the one in Talladega.

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Casino Raid
9:01 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Alabama Gambling Machines To Be Destroyed

Electronic bingo machines in the 2009 raid of White Hall Entertaiment Complex in Lowndes County can be destroyed.
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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.

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Alabama Gambling Trial
10:15 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Alabama Casino Developer Gets Prison Delay

A federal judge has approved another delay two-week delay for Country Crossing developer Ronnie Gilley to report to prison.
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A federal judge has given Country Crossing casino developer Ronnie Gilley another two-week delay in reporting to prison.

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.

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Casino Raid
4:36 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Lowndes County Casino Raided, Machines Seized

Attorney General Luther Strange says a search warrant was served Friday at Southern Star Entertainment Center in White Hall.
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The attorney general's office and state troopers have raided an electronic bingo casino in Lowndes County and seized more than 350 machines.

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.

The casino opened in March with what it described as legal bingo machines, but Strange said they were illegal. He said cash was seized along with the machines.

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Alabama Gambling Trial
5:27 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Ala. Casino Developer Seeks Another Prison Delay

Country Crossing developer Ronnie Gilley asks to push back his day to report to prison again.
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Country Crossing casino developer Ronnie Gilley is asking a federal judge not to make him report to prison next week.

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.

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Alabama Gambling Trial
5:17 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Alabama Casino Lobbyist Gets Probation

A casino lobbyist who admitted offering bribes to Alabama legislators to support pro-gambling legislation has received probation.
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A casino lobbyist who admitted offering bribes to legislators has received probation. U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins gave Jennifer Pouncy three years on probation, 100 hours of community service, and $4,100 in fines and fees at a sentencing hearing Wednesday in Montgomery. Pouncy was the first person to plead guilty in Alabama's gambling corruption case. The former lobbyist for Country Crossing Casino admitted offering bribes to legislators to support pro-gambling legislation.

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Alabama Gambling Trial
5:33 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Ala. Casino Lobbyist, Ex-Legislator Report To Prison

Two guilty participants in Alabama's gambling corruption trial reported to prison today.
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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. Spicer has a sentence of four years and nine months for accepting bribes.

Gambling Corruption Case
5:09 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Judge Delays Sentencing For 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.

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Casino Raid
5:11 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

AG Seized $283,000 In Cash From Alabama Casino

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Alabama's attorney general seized more than $283,000 in cash during a raid on the Center Stage casino near Dothan.

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.

Circuit Judge Larry Anderson is considering the case.

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Bingo Corruption
4:23 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Ala. Gambling Trial Judge Wants Bribery Clarity

The judge who presided over Alabama's two gambling corruption trials says the U.S. Supreme Court needs to clear up when a campaign contribution constitutes a bribe.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued an opinion saying there is ``considerable confusion'' about how federal corruption laws apply to campaign contributions. He says a precise definition of bribery would help.

The two trials before Thompson involved legislators and lobbyists accused of promising campaign contributions in return for votes on pro-gambling legislation. No one was convicted.

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