By MARLO BARNHART
Administrative Law Judge Dale McCloud has dismissed gaming violations filed against the Williamsport American Legion in 1996.
In his Jan. 21 ruling, McCloud said he based his ruling on the comprehensive record-keeping procedures used by the club, describing them as "convincing and reliable."
The delay on the decision stemmed from several court proceedings that ended in mid-1997 when the Maryland Court of Special Appeals reversed a Washington County Circuit judge's ruling that it was unconstitutional for administrative law judges to decide tip jar gambling cases in civil proceedings.
The gaming case revolved around a complaint brought by two Legion members in 1996 who alleged they had tip jar tickets that proved the club sold unreported tip jars.