Alabama Court Picks Retired Justice for Bingo Probe

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Alabama Supreme Court has chosen retired Supreme Court Justice Gorman Houston to investigate claims that confidential information was improperly released concerning the Victoryland electronic bingo case.

Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb said Tuesday that Houston was the unanimous choice.

The court's review stems from claims by Tuscaloosa businessman Stan Pate that word was leaked to Gov. Bob Riley's administration about which justice would handle the Victoryland case, how it would be decided and when it would be released. Those matters are supposed to be confidential.

The court has said no justice or the clerk of the court released any information improperly.

The Supreme Court's ruling in the Victoryland case went in favor of the governor's gambling task force, which wants to confiscate the casino's machines.

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