AG Wants to Remove Judge from VictoryLand Affairs; Casino Still Shut Down
From Macon County -- VictoryLand has not allowed anyone inside the casino since it was raided two weeks ago. The dog track area and restaurants remain closed. But tonight, Alabama News Network takes you inside VictoryLand to show you what is left.
Little remains on the casino floor inside VictoryLand. Machines, money and equipment have all been seized.
Troopers raided the casino last month after Attorney General Luther Strange claimed the gaming machines were illegal. The search warrant was issued by Circuit Judge Tom Young after the state Supreme Court ordered him to sign it.
Young had claimed there wasn't sufficient evidence. But now, Strange wants Young off the case, because he says Young is "biased" and has "prejudged key issues."
Espy says along with Young's findings. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board awarded the casino a liquor license saying they could not concluded that the gaming machines at VictoryLand were illegal.
Strange, who was unavailable for an interview and originally, requested the ABC board hearing, released a statement. He says the ABC Board's opinion is "foolish and inconsequential."
Young tells Alabama News Network that he is reviewing the recusal and is giving VictoryLand time to respond, and will then make his decision on whether to remove himself or hold a hearing. Young says he can't comment on other matters, but did say the ABC Board's decision is very interesting.
A hearing has been set for March 19 to determine whether the state will keep the machines, equipment and money that was seized. We have been told Young's decision could affect that date.
No word on when the dog track area and restaurants will open back up.