Alabama Supreme Court Explains Victoryland Raid

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By Alabama News Network

The Alabama Supreme 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 court says the gambling machines seized from VictoryLand casino don't resemble the game of bingo.

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.

Attorney General Luther Strange said the opinion should end debate about whether electronic bingo is legal.

His office seized 1,615 machines in the raid that closed what was once Alabama's largest casino.

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