Alabama Supreme Court issues stay in hearing of Country Crossing bingo case

Unclear whether judge in case retains jurisdiction

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Bingo Pavilion at Country Crossing near Dothan, Alabama - Photo by Marc Parker

Montgomery, AL – The Alabama Supreme Court issued an order today staying Thursday’s scheduled hearing on the Country Crossing gambling case pending further orders from the court.

“It is a sad day, not only for us but for all Alabama citizens, when the Alabama Supreme Court denies us our day in court in Houston County under the Houston County Constitutional Amendment,” said Jay Walker, a spokesman for the Country Crossing development complex.

It is unclear whether Dale County Circuit Judge P.B. McLauchlin retains jurisdiction in the case as he blocked a potential raid of the Bingo Pavilion by issuing a restraining order.

Governor Bob Riley’s Gambling Task Force Commander John Tyson asked the Supreme Court to stay the hearing pending clarification on whether McLauchlin can indeed hear the case.

“We live under the idea of a democracy, but the governor, John Tyson and now the State Supreme Court have turned Alabama into a police state,” Walker continued. “Due process has been completely disregarded and if we can be denied our rights, so can anyone else. Justice delayed is justice denied.”

It is not known at this time when the Supreme Court will issue further orders.

Article by Melissa Parker

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