AG, sheriff applaud court ruling in bingo raid

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama’s attorney general and the Jefferson County sheriff are praising a judge’s ruling in a 2011 raid on an electronic bingo hall.

Attorney General Luther Strange and Sheriff Mike Hale say Circuit Judge David Hobdy issued a final ruling Monday in the case involving the Anchor Club in Brighton.

Law officers had seized more than 500 machines and gambling devices and $69,240 in cash from the Anchor Club in 2011.

Strange said in a statement that the judge ordered the machines destroyed and the seized money forfeited pursuant to state law. He said he hopes the ruling will be a warning for those contemplating operating slot machines in Alabama.

A lawyer representing the Anchor Club could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.

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