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No Release From Prison For Alabama Casino Owner Ronnie Gilley

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Casino owners in Alabama have been receiving no luck from the legal system in the state for several years, and this past week, Ronnie Gilley, owner of Country Crossings, was dealt another blow. A judge ruled that Gilley must stay in jail pending his trial.

Gilley was arrested with VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor, lobbyists, and senators, all of which were charged with crimes related to bribery. Gilley and McGregor, through lobbyists, are accused of bribing the senators with cash in exchange for positive votes on a gaming bill that came up last year.

Alabama residents have had to deal with the troubles related to the gambling issue in the state for several years. The casino owners were operating establishments offering electronic bingo machines they thought were legal under Alabama law.

Governor Robert Riley did not agree with that train of thought, and the governor created the Task Force on Illegal Gambling. The Task Force began raiding gaming establishments, and the way the Task Force was operating rubbed many Alabamians, including former Attorney General Troy King, the wrong way.

Despite King's attempt to take over the Task Force, Riley pushed forward with the raids. New Governor Robert Bentley turned the Task Force over to new Attorney general Luther Strange, and the two decided to shut the Task Force down. They did warn, however, that their actions did not mean the casinos could re-open.

Shortly after dismantling the Task Force, Strange reached an agreement with prominent electronic bingo machine manufacturers, who agreed to pull the machines from the state. in the meantime, Gilley and other co-defendants have been fighting the bribery case.

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