Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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Ala. judge must steps aside in casino raid case


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — 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.

The Supreme Court's order said a reasonable person could conclude the judge might not set aside his strong views and be impartial in upcoming forfeiture proceedings for the machines. A new judge will hear the case.

The attorney general told al.com (http://bit.ly/1azVS0T ) that he is pleased with the ruling.

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Information from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews