MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) — Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange announced Dec. 23 that the Alabama Supreme Court ruled for the second time this year that electronic bingo is illegal in the state.
“There is no longer any room for uncertainty, nor justification for continuing dispute, as to the meaning of [the term ‘bingo’],” the Supreme Court said in a recent ruling. “And, certainly, the need for any further expenditure of judicial resources, including the resources of this court, to examine this issue is at an end. All that is left is for the law of this state to be enforced.”
Strange noted the Supreme Court’s decision emphasizes that electronic bingo is illegal in all forms. He stated it is up to local law enforcement to do their duty in enforcing the law.
“Local sheriffs and police officers in most parts of the State are enforcing our gambling laws,” Strange said. “The sheriffs in Greene and Macon counties must uphold their sworn duty to enforce the law as interpreted by the court and not continue to sanction this illegal activity. As I have previously stated, my office stands ready to render any required assistance to enable them to carry out their legal duties.”