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      SC's ex-top cop among those defending video gaming


      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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