By MEG KINNARD
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The man once tasked with hunting down illegal gaming machines in South Carolina is now among those defending the use of new devices whose legality is yet to be determined.
Until July, Reggie Lloyd was chief of the State Law Enforcement Division, the state police agency charged with seizing and destroying the video poker machines that have been illegal in South Carolina since 2000. An attorney in private practice in Columbia, Lloyd now represents several companies that have developed new video gaming machines they say aren't illegal under current state law.
Local judges across the state have issued differing opinions on whether the new machines are illegal, so whether they stay or go could ultimately be up to the state Supreme Court.
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