VictoryLand casino Alabama

Alabama's attorney general has selected a new gambling expert to replace one who died.

Attorney General Luther Strange's office notified a Montgomery judge that it will use former FBI agent Bill Holmes of Annandale, Virginia, to testify in a trial involving VictoryLand casino in Shorter. Holmes spent 20 years with the FBI, mostly working on gambling cases.

The attorney general's office had used New Jersey gambling expert Bob Sertell as an expert witness for more than a decade, but he died May 6.

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The death of a gambling expert used by the Alabama attorney general's office for several years could delay a trial over the state's raid of VictoryLand casino in Shorter.

A judge had scheduled a trial June 23 on whether the state could keep more than $223,000 in cash and destroy 1,615 machines seized in a raid in February 2013.

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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.

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A federal appeals court in Atlanta has upheld a lower court ruling that VictoryLand casino and dog track may owe its former employees millions.

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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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The state attorney general's office used a century-old gambling case to get a rare, but not unprecedented, search warrant to raid VictoryLand casino in Shorter.

Macon County Circuit Judge Tom Young initially refused to give the attorney general a search warrant. Attorney General Luther Strange appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court. He cited an 1899 case where a justice of the peace denied an arrest warrant based on an incorrect interpretation of the law, and the Supreme Court ordered it issued.

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Members of Alabama's legislative black caucus are criticizing the state's latest crackdown on the VictoryLand casino at Shorter.

State Rep. Pebblin Warren of Tuskegee says a raid at VictoryLand is unfair to Macon County residents who voted to legalize bingo.

She says it's also unfair that the Poarch Band of Creek Indians continue operating their three casinos when VictoryLand is shutdown.

State Rep. Alvin Holmes of Montgomery says he's worried that people who work at VictoryLand are out of jobs.

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Gambling operators say the state is overstepping its bounds by trying to shut down four casinos in Alabama.

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians says the state lacks the power to shut down its three electronic bingo operations in Atmore, Montgomery and Wetumpka.

The state filed suit Tuesday claiming the gambling centers are illegal.

And an attorney for VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor says the state's raid on the east Alabama casino is improper. McGregor lawyer Joe Espy says no court has ever ruled that VictoryLand's machines are illegal.

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The chairman of an Alabama Beverage Control board panel says it expects to rule within 15 days on the Victoryland casino's request for a liquor license.

The committee concluded an all-day meeting about 5 p.m. Wednesday and committee chairman, Joe Adams, says it will now review mounds of evidence.

Deputy Attorney General Sonny Reagan urged the committee to deny the casino's application. VictoryLand attorney Joe Espy says the machines have been declared legal bingo machines by Macon County Sheriff David Warren, and the license should be granted.

Alabama's liquor control agency is to decide if the newly reopened VictoryLand casino in Shorter will receive a license to sell alcoholic beverages.

The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is to meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday on VictoryLand's application for a license.

Alabama's liquor control agency has moved back a hearing to determine if the newly reopened VictoryLand casino in Shorter will get a license to serve liquor.

The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board initially set the hearing for Jan. 23 and then moved it up to Jan. 10 because VictoryLand requested an earlier date. ABC attorney Bob Hill said Friday the hearing has now been moved back to Jan. 23 because all the participants couldn't make the earlier date.

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Alabama's liquor control agency has moved up a hearing to determine if the newly reopened VictoryLand casino in Shorter will get a license to serve liquor.

A spokesman for the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, Hal Taylor, said the hearing was moved from Jan. 23 to Jan. 10 because VictoryLand requested an earlier date.

The sheriff of Macon County is planning to inspect new gambling machines being installed in VictoryLand in anticipation of the casino reopening soon.

An attorney for VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor said Sheriff David Warren will be at the casino in Shorter on Wednesday afternoon.

VictoryLand was once Alabama's largest casino with more than 6,000 games. It shut down in 2010 under pressure from the governor's gambling task force. The casino maintained that its games were legal electronic bingo, but the task force labeled them illegal slots.