BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's attorney general has agreed to release more than $200,000 seized from the brother of Jefferson County's sheriff.

Attorney General Steve Marshall's office in July sought to seize a bank account it said was connected to an illegal gambling operation.

Bruce Pettway argued the seizure was unlawful and politically motivated. His brother, Jefferson County Sheriff Mark Pettway, has feuded with the state over gambling enforcement.

Bruce Pettway said a bingo operation did pay him $15,500 for consulting work, but the state froze the entire $240,000 account. He filed suit to reclaim money.

U.S. District Judge Karon Bowdre ruled Thursday that Pettway's lawsuit could proceed. She criticized several parts of the state's attempt to get the money.

The state now says it was only trying to seize $15,500.

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