Supreme Court overturns order to return Greenetrack machines

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama's highest court has overturned a Greene County judge's ruling that ordered the state to return machines seized from the Greenetrack gaming facility.

The nine-member all-Republican Alabama Supreme Court did not issue an opinion in their ruling but made a unanimous decision.

The High Court overturned Judge Houston L. Brown's decision which said the State of Alabama lacked probable cause in obtaining a search warrant to enter Greenetrack.

On August 3, 2011 Brown ordered the business's machines returned within ten days. Attorney General Luther Strange promised he would appeal the ruling to the High Court.

Greenetrack reopened in March of 2011 after being shut down by former governor Bob Riley's Task Force on Illegal Gambling during a raid in July 2010. They announced during the opening that their machines complied with the law. Greenetrack was again raided in June 2011 at which point the new machines were seized.

Reaction from Greenetrack and Attorney General Strange's office was not immediately available.

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