Ala. Supreme Court says no interference by gov.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court says no justice had any contact with the governor or anyone acting on his behalf concerning the assignment of bingo-related cases to a member of the court or the anticipated release date of bingo cases.

The nine-member court issued a statement Monday saying it is conducting an internal investigation of the source of any unauthorized disclosures.

The chief justice's chief of staff, Scott Mitchell, says the court's statement stems from claims by Tuscaloosa businessman Stan Pate that Gov. Bob Riley intervened with the court to get a case involving Victoryland's electronic bingo machines moved from one justice to another to handle.

The court ended up ruling unanimously that a Macon County judge couldn't block the governor's gambling task force from raiding the machines.

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