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Macon County electronic bingo casino seeking return of seized cash, gambling machines

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama — VictoryLand is asking the state to return seized gambling machines and cash as the Macon County casino looks to reopen.

Lawyers for VictoryLand filed the motion Tuesday after a judge last month ruled against the state's 2013 effort to shutter the casino.

Circuit Judge William Shashy ruled the seizure violated the principle of equal protection since other electronic bingo operations remained in business. Shashy dismissed the state's attempt to keep 1,615 machines and more than $260,000 seized in the raid.

VictoryLand lawyers asked Shashy to amend his findings to note that VictoryLand was operating legally.

The attorney general's office is appealing to the Alabama Supreme Court which has previously ruled electronic bingo is illegal.

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