Alabama Supreme Court ruling in Greene county
The Alabama Supreme Court has cleared the way for all gambling cases in Greene County to proceed. The high court struck down six illegal orders by Greene County judges.
In the 62-page ruling, the Court addressed the state's seizure of gambling machines at Greenetrack and Frontier Bingo in 2011 as well as the search warrants served Monday, April 1 at Greenetrack, Frontier Bingo, River's Edge, and Greene Charity Casinos.
The Court nullified trial Judge Houston Brown's orders from 2011 that ordered the state to return the seized gambling machines. As for the search warrants served Monday, the Court held that the same rules that apply to "bingo" in every other county in Alabama also apply to Greene county.
In its ruling, the Court held that the state's evidence about machines at casinos in Greene county "allow for no reasonable conclusion other than that probable cause exists for the issuance of the search warrants requested."
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said, "My Office is committed to enforcing the rule of law as defined by the Alabama Supreme Court. Following the orders of the Supreme Court is not optional. We will continue to enforce the law in a consistent manner throughout the state."