Ala. AG happy with bingo ruling

Bryan Cohen Mar. 24, 2011, 2:15am


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) - Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has voiced his support of Jefferson County Circuit Judge Eugene Verin's decision to dissolve an injunction against Sheriff Mike Hale over so-called "bingo" activities.

The action by the judge came on Thursday in response to a motion the Attorney General's Office filed on Wednesday.

"This ruling makes clear that Sheriff Hale and all other law enforcement agencies have the authority to enforce the law against any illegal gambling in the Bessemer division of Jefferson County," Strange said.

"There should be no presumption of cover for anyone planning to open an illegal slot machine operation under the guise of bingo. Let there be no doubt that the office of attorney general will enforce state laws against illegal gambling.

"Those who undertake to resume or open a business using slot machines do so at their own peril and will face whatever law enforcement action may be determined necessary and proper."

In addition, Strange said that even though law enforcement strategy details cannot be shared and any possible investigations and prosecutions may not be commented on, this should not be misunderstood by anyone.

"The office of attorney general stands ready and is fully committed to take firm and appropriate action if laws are violated," Strange said.

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