Alabama AG, Jefferson County sheriff applaud court ruling in bingo raid

Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale. (

A joint electronic bingo raid three years ago by Jefferson county Sheriff Mike Hale and Attorney General Luther Strange has been upheld in court. Circuit Judge David Hobdy issued a final ruling Monday afternoon.

Officers seized more than 500 illegal slot machines and gambling devices along with almost $70,000 in cash proceeds from the Anchor Club casino in Brighton. The raid happened in April 2011. Judge Hobdy has ordered the machines destroyed and the cash has been forfeited.

Attorney General Strange called Hobdy's decision a "good day for the rule of law." He said, "The Court held that the so-called electronic bingo machines were in fact illegal slot machines."

"I hope this proper ruling in regard to illegal electronic gambling will send the message loud and clear that the laws of the State of Alabama do not allow this illegal activity and the laws in regard to this or any other illegal enterprise are going to be enforced, not sometimes but every time," Sheriff Mike Hale said in a released statement.