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Judge blocks enforcement against sweepstakes

LEXINGTON (AP) A judge in Davidson County has issued an order blocking police from taking any products from sweepstakes businesses that use a specific company’s software.


The Dispatch of Lexington reported ( )  that Superior Court Judge Robert Johnson wrote the order to temporarily block police from seizing any products from businesses that use software licensed by International Internet Technologies.


Davidson County sheriff’s deputies charged the operators of a business in Midway with illegal possession of electronic machines and other devices for sweepstakes. The move came after the North Carolina Supreme Court said a 2010 law banned the machines.


Owners of the business and ITT filed a complaint earlier this month saying a recent change in the software made it comply with state law.


A hearing on the issue is scheduled Monday.

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