Judge rules state can’t ban VictoryLand as other casinos operate

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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 Thursday. He dismissed the state’s attempt to keep 1,615 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 had no immediate comment,  but it has fought 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.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

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