Gov. asks for judge recusal in gambling case

WHITE HALL, Ala. (AP) - Governor Bob Riley has asked former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Mark Kennedy to step aside from hearing litigation over the White Hall gambling center.

Riley said another judge should preside because Kennedy has done legal work for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and their Wind Creek Casino in Atmore.

Kennedy was appointed by the Alabama Supreme Court to preside over litigation filed by the White Hall Entertainment Center challenging the seizure of 101 gambling machines and more than $560,000 in cash in a raid Thursday.

The machines were advertised as electronic bingo, the same title used for machines at Wind Creek Casino.

The company providing White Hall's machines, Freedom Trail Ventures, has asked to intervene, calling the seizure unconstitutional.

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