Victoryland asks Alabama Supreme Court to reconsider electronic bingo decision

MACON COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) – Victoryland is seeking the Alabama Supreme Court to reconsider its recent decision to halt “unlawful gambling activities” in two Alabama counties.

In September, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that electronic bingo establishments in Macon and Lowndes County had “no right” to engage and “could not be harmed by the ban on continuing in an illegal business”.

The counties are home to Victoryland, White Hall Entertainment and Southern Star.

According to the respondent’s request for rehearing filed Friday, Victoryland is asking the court to rehear the case, which it says is “necessary and necessary to avoid a serious and erroneous rush to judgment.”

If the Alabama Supreme Court rejects the request, the defense is asking the court to extend the deadline for the permanent injunction against the defendants until December 31 or after the Christmas holidays.

Victoryland, according to court documents, says a permanent injunction will have a “serious and detrimental and/or fatal effect” on the charities and others it supports.

“Victoryland respectfully requests the opportunity to be heard by the Court on its motion to extend the time for entry of a preliminary injunction, which is warranted given the severe and catastrophic impact that will flow from the notice of the Court,” the motion reads.

Macon County is one of Alabama’s poorest counties, the app added. Victoryland says that without its contributions, no other entity “can or will” provide the public support and charitable care it provides.

In the app, Victoryland outlines 75 Macon County charities they support, including several schools, churches and fire departments. They also claim to support several county and city departments, such as the Tuskegee Area Chamber of Commerce, Tuskegee Housing Authority, and Macon County Health Care Authority.

The Alabama attorney general’s office has long declared electronic bingo in Alabama to be illegal gambling, going so far as to use hundreds of thousands of dollars to prosecute it. In 2016, the governor’s office disbanded an illegal gambling task force, transferring responsibilities to the AG’s office. Executive Order No. 13 deemed local jurisdictions and law enforcement agencies responsible for interpreting and enforcing Alabama gambling or gambling law within their respective counties.

Marshall said the state high court unanimously agreed with his office that casinos “are illegal gambling businesses” and called electronic bingo a “misnomer used by casinos to mean ‘games of gambling’. video slot machines “in their respective facilities”.

While the Alabama Supreme Court’s ruling only specifically affected Macon and Lowndes counties, it could ultimately have a statewide impact on other non-Native American businesses. Native American facilities in the state are protected by the federal government.

Marshall’s office said it had no comment on Victoryland’s latest court filing.

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