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Ruling on 2011 gambling raid could have far reaching effect

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A ruling today on a 2011 raid in Brighton where investigators seized 500 illegal slot machines could have implications for the entire state.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says this is good for the state because he thinks it will resolve some of the debate over electronic bingo.

Back in 2011 law enforcement seized 500 illegal slot machines and nearly $70,000 in cash proceeds from the Anchor Club in Brighton.

In March of 2011, Anchor Club owner Robert White told FOX6 News his new machines did comply with six point test set up by the Alabama Supreme Court, but today the Jefferson County Circuit Court backed up the seizure. Judge David Hobdy ruled that all the machines were to be destroyed.

In an emailed statement, Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale said he hopes this decision sends a message state law doesn't allow these types of gambling devices and that the sheriff's office will continue to enforce the law.

Attorney General Strange says the ruling should send a warning to anyone who is considering operating slot machines here in Alabama.

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