Governor Bentley Talks Victoryland, "Had nothing to do with the search warrant"

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By Ashley Thompson

 Luther Strange's attempt to shut down Victoryland has everyone talking. We caught up with Governor Bentley to get his thoughts.

Victoryland is once again closed for business after state troopers raided the casino, seizing money and electronic bingo machines. This comes after Attorney General Luther Strange issued a search warrant to the casino citing illegal practices. Governor Robert Bentley says he was told about the search warrant this past Saturday but says he had little to nothing to do with the situation.

"I had nothing to do with the search warrant and applying for it," he says. "I was asked just to supply some security people, our DPS people, to make sure everyone was secure, that there were no problems and that was our involvement in this."

Some people think the raid will end up doing more harm than good.

"I think they should have their choice of whether they want to go to the casino or not," says one Victoryland supporter. "But when you take away peoples' jobs, they take away their livelihood."

And others would like to see Governor Bentley step up and take more action on the issue.

"If we don't make a stance, then he's not going to make one so it's our responsibility," says Terry Anderson, another Victoryland supporter.

But Political Analyst Steve Flowers says that Governor Bentley really doesn't have authority over what happens with the casino.

"The Governor has a lot of power but prosecuting crime, if it is a crime, or prosecuting gambling or lotteries or whatever they want to do- that's the bailiwick of the Attorney General so the right official is proceeding," he says.

Flowers says because there has never been a court ruling as to whether gambling machines in Victoryland are constitutional, some believe Luther Strange may just be politically motivated.

"The people of Macon County and the people of Alabama voted to allow them to have bingo in Macon County," says Flowers. "Now, whether Luther Strange can supersede that local constitution amendment is unknown."

Flowers says that he believes if Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford takes this issue to federal court, he will come out victorious. Ford was at the Attorney General's office earlier today trying to get arrested for protesting the raid of the casino.

 

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lynster said on Wednesday, Feb 20 at 3:30 PM

Everyone is always complaining about the unemployment rate in Alabama. Now we see why the unemployment rate is so high. Everyone has their on right to gamble or not. Because if you do it, I don't have to.

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