Alabama Supreme Court rules "electronic bingo" machines are illegal

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTVM) -- The Alabama Supreme Court handed down a ruling late Friday on electronic bingo. While, it's still unclear, though, just how it will impact today's attempted raids, the justices ruled that legal bingo in the state has to involve human action and can't let the machine do most of the work.

Governor Bob Riley's office went to the Alabama Supreme Court after the town of Ashville established a city ordinance allowing electronic bingo.

The governor sent a statement to News Leader Nine Firday saying this decision defines bingo and that definition applies statewide. He adds it proves electronic bingo is illegal in Alabama.