US Rep. Terri Sewell requests Department of Justice investigation of bingo hall raids
U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Birmingham, said Friday that she has requested a Department of Justice investigation in the aftermath of the March 31 raid of four bingo halls in Greene County.
Sewell's letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asks that the Justice Department examine potential voting rights violations after law enforcement agents from the Alabama Attorney General's Office and the Alabama Department of Public Safety executed search warrants at Greenetrack and Greene Charity in Eutaw and at Frontier Bingo and River's Edge in Knoxville.
Sewell wrote, "The issue is that the citizens of Greene County in 2003 overwhelmingly voted in favor of state constitutional amendment 743 to authorize electronic bingo and through a series of Alabama Supreme Court cases the rights of the citizens of Greene County have been systematically nullified."
Luther Strange, Alabama's attorney general, said in a news release on the day of the raid, "These casinos were operating in open defiance of the rule of law and we have been left with no alternative but to treat this as we would any other law enforcement matter."