AG seeks removal of judge in VictoryLand raid

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) —
Alabama's attorney general is asking a Macon County judge to step aside
from a case involving the seizure of 1,615 gambling machines and more
than $223,000 in cash from VictoryLand casino in Shorter.

Attorney
General Luther Strange filed court papers telling Circuit Judge Tom
Young Jr. he should recuse himself because he's prejudiced against the
state's evidence.

In court papers released Monday, the attorney
general cites Young's refusal to issue a search warrant for the raid
until ordered to do so by the Alabama Supreme Court. Even then, the
judge said he didn't believe the attorney general had presented
sufficient probable cause for a search warrant.

The attorney
general wants a different judge to decide whether the state can keep
money from the raid and destroy the gambling machines.