Ruling On Victoryland
A judge says the state of Alabama can't shut down a Macon County casino while letting similar businesses operate elsewhere. Circuit Judge William Shashy issued the ruling today. He dismissed the state's attempt to keep more than 1,600 machines and more than $260,000 seized in a 2013 raid. VictoryLand's owner says the decision clears the way for the gambling hall to reopen. Attorney General Luther Strange's office didn't have any immediate comment. But it has fought in the past to keep VictoryLand closed. The judge says VictoryLand is shut down while three other, similar operations remain open elsewhere in the state. Shashy says that violates the principle of equal protection under the law. The ruling follows a trial Shashy held last year on the legality of gambling machines at VictoryLand.