Documents: Task Force's final court filings 2/2

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - WSFA 12 News has obtained copies of Alabama Supreme Court filings from Governor Bob Riley's Task Force on Illegal Gambling.


1. Victoryland: Reply in Support of Emergency Motion to Vacate or Stay

The Governor's office had until 5:00pm to file its final brief with the Supreme Court to support its motion to continue with a seizure of gaming machines at Victoryland in Macon County.

In the brief, the Task Force argued, "Gambling interests cannot resort to local civil courts to prevent the enforcement of criminal laws, and they cannot use the civil process to buy time to alter or destroy evidence."

There has been some speculation that the governor's office needed a search warrant to enter Victoryland's private property. However, the Task Force is using the center's current liquor license as a way of gaining entry to the property without such a warrant.

"Just like any other business that obtains a liquor license," the governor's office said in a press release, "Victoryland agreed to warrantless searches by law enforcement officials as a condition for obtaining that license."

The Supreme Court could make a decision on Victoryland as early as Wednesday.

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