Issue Date: Vol. 51, No. 9, September 2011, Posted On: 9/4/2011
Alabama Mayor Defends E-Bingo In Face Of Police Raid
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MIDFIELD, AL -- Lucky Duck Bingo was raided on Aug. 30 by officers of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Midfield Police. Law enforcement officers seized as many as 250 machines, according to local press outlets.
At presstime no arrests had been made, but officials said they would seek court approval to destroy the games.
Meanwhile, Midfield Mayor Gary Richardson defended the legality of the electronic bingo games. Richardson said the devices were inspected by city personnel and found that they met the Supreme Court's definition of bingo.
The Alabama Supreme Court ruled in 2009 that electronic bingo games were legal in the state if they met six specific criteria. But two successive governors have effectively ignored that ruling and treated all electronic bingo games as illegal gambling devices. | SEE STORY