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AG’s office picks up small win in bingo fight

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By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has landed his first blow in his renewed gambling fight.

It was a small one.

A Morgan County Circuit Court judge on Thursday issued a preliminary injunction against River City Entertainment, preventing the small casino in Lacey’s Springs from continuing its operations.

Marshall filed the nuisance complaint against RCE earlier this month, along with complaints against four other electronic bingo casinos around the state.

The injunction was not a surprise.

Morgan County District Attorney Scott Anderson had joined the complaint, and RCE was clearly operating outside of the parameters of a very specific Morgan County bingo amendment.

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That amendment allows for bingo only in specific areas in Morgan County, and the RCE location in Lacey’s Springs wasn’t one of the listed areas.

In a statement, Marshall said he was pleased with the decision and looking forward to proving the case in court.

There has been far less movement in the bingo fight at the other four locations, and far less cooperation. No other county DA has joined up to aid Marshall and online court records show that the cases in the four other counties haven’t advanced past the very initial stages.

Josh Moon is an investigative reporter and featured columnist at the Alabama Political Reporter with years of political reporting experience in Alabama. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.

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