Attorney for Victoryland, Joe Espy, III, responded to the attorney general's raid on the Macon County facility Tuesday saying, "We know what motivates them. The question now is who will have the courage to stop them."
Espy said in a written statement that it was a "sad day for Alabama" regardless of one's stance on legal gaming.
Espy defended Victoryland's rights with 4 points:
Espy said Tuesday's actions "prove that they will do anything to try to impose their politics on the state. They ignore our laws and rules, trample on the rights of law-abiding citizens and businesses."
Attorney General Luther Strange's office says it raided Victoryland after working to "resolve this matter with minimal controversy." The AG's office said it had to act because it had no alternative and because Victoryland was "operating in open defiance of the rule of law".
At the time of the AG's raid on Victoryland, a lawsuit was also being filed in Elmore County in regards to casinos operated by Native Americans.
Espy warned those watching that lawsuit, filed against Indian tribes with casinos around the state, not to be fooled. "The lawsuit against the Poarch Creek Indian casino...is a smokescreen and a waste of taxpayer money," Espy said, adding that Attorney General Luther Strange knows he, "has no jurisdiction over Native American gaming."
Espy says all the attorney general's actions will do, in the short term, "is send the customers of Victoryland to the Poarch Creek facility in Wetumpka."
Victoryland is promising to fight Tuesday's actions.
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