Judge In Victoryland Case Ordered To Step Down

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By Josh Ninke

Judge Tom Young originally refused to sign the search warrant for the recent raid on Victoryland.

Now the court is saying it would be best for another judge to take over.

The attorney general's office, along with law enforcement officers, raided Victoryland in February, taking over $200,000 and 1,600 gambling machines with them. 

Judge Tom Young at first refused to sign a search warrant, but then did so after being ordered to by the state supreme court. He is now off the case, but he says won't let that change the way he views the law.

"I will always do what I believe to be right. I'll decide cases based on the laws of the land facts of each case, and without any political agenda. The citizens of the 5th Judicial Circuit and the State of Alabama deserve that from their judges," said Young.

Attorney General Luther Strange asked Young to step down from the case back in March. 

He was concerned that the judge would be biased, and the Supreme Court agreed. 

"Well we're glad that the Supreme Court agreed with our position that it would be appropriate to get another judge to take a look at it based on the facts of the case. It's a good development and it means we'll get into court and get this matter resolved sooner for everyone involved," said Strange.

The court order states that Young has been one sided in the state's attempts to enforce gambling laws and it would "further justice" to assign a new judge.

Joe Espy, the attorney for Victoryland owner Milton McGregor said in a statement that all they ever asked for is fairness. But he's disappointed saying Young is an outstanding and fair judge. 

The case will now be put on hold until a new judge is assigned to the case. 

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