Judge tosses lawsuit by Country Crossing bondholder

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit aimed at getting electronic bingo machines operating again at the closed Country Crossing complex in Dothan.

A bondholder for Country Crossing, the Lord Abbett Municipal Income Fund, sued former Gov. Bob Riley and the commander of his gambling task force. It said the closure of Country Crossing cut off the revenue needed to pay off the bonds.

The suit sought a court order that would keep the task force from interfering with Country Crossing's electronic bingo machines.

U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins ruled Thursday that the bondholder didn't have status to sue because the governor's task force didn't raid Country Crossing or seize its electronic bingo machines.

He said Country Crossing closed voluntarily.

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