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Law officers shut down bingo halls in northern Alabama

March 31, 2019

JASPER, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s attorney general is praising local law officers for shutting down what he called illegal electronic bingo halls in Walker County.

Law officers recently seized 40 electronic bingo machines and other evidence from a Jasper business, The Daily Mountain Eagle reported .

Walker County Sheriff Nick Smith said he and Carbon Hill Police Chief Eric House have also approached Carbon Hill businesses conducting similar games to tell them they were illegal.

Attorney General Steve Marshall said he commends the sheriff’s department and Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair for taking “swift and decisive action” to close illegal bingo parlors in the county.

“As sworn law enforcement officers, our first duty is to enforce the law,” Marshall said in a statement. “When illegal activity is unchallenged and allowed to thrive, our state’s entire legal system is undermined.”

The attorney general added that Alabama law is “crystal clear” on the matter.

“Electronic bingo and coin slot machines are illegal. No matter what the operators of these unlawful enterprises claim, the Alabama Supreme Court has definitively and repeatedly ruled that electronic bingo and coin slot machines are illegal gaming devices,” Marshall said in the statement. “There is no debate, there is no ambiguity. As the Supreme Court stated on March 31, 2016, all that is left to do is to enforce the law.”

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Information from: Daily Mountain Eagle, http://www.mountaineagle.com

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