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Alabama Supreme Court removes order blocking Victoryland raid

MONTGOMERY (AP) — Alabama Gov. Bob Riley’s task force on illegal gambling has won another legal victory.

Task force commander John Tyson said the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in the task force’s favor late Thursday afternoon.

The task force had asked the supreme court to remove a judge’s order that blocked a raid on the Victoryland casino.

Victoryland, Alabama’s largest gambling business, closed its casino Monday night and the rest of its facilities, including its new luxury hotel, restaurants and dog track in Shorter. shortly before the court order was released.

Earlier this week, VictoryLand shut its casino to perform what its lawyer said were upgrades to computers for the food and beverage service. A spokesman said it closed all other parts of the facility Thursday.

The governor contends the electronic bingo machines at Victoryland and other casinos violate Alabama law.

The supreme court said the trial court lacked “subject-matter jurisdiction.”

The task force also tried to raid Country Crossing at Dothan last week. The owners immediately the entire complex.

Country Crossing’s attorney, Jim Parkman, said Thursday he has advised the owners to keep it closed until they can get a court ruling that their games are legal.

The ruling can be downloaded at https://efile.judicial.state.al.us/displaydocs.cfm?no=210657&event=2UX127KZ6