Country Crossing Attorney's statement on plans to reopen

By: PRESS RELEASE: Will Matthews
By: PRESS RELEASE: Will Matthews

DOTHAN, Ala. – Country Crossing will reopen its doors.

We are confident that our electronic bingo games are legal under the test announced by the Supreme Court in the Cornerstone case, and we look forward to the opportunity to defend their legality in court.

We have sought a declaratory judgment in this matter since the antics and drama of the Task Force escalated in early January. We applaud Attorney General King's decision to seek a civil declaratory judgment to resolve this issue in a court of law. We will, of course, abide by any decision that the court renders, but as we have stated from the beginning, we are confident that our machines are legal based on the Houston County Amendment and the Alabama Supreme Court’s six-point test.

Officials of Country Crossing are working with managers of the establishment to reopen. Employees will be contacted once plans are finalized and underway.

Will Matthews, lawyer for Country Crossing said, “We are putting people back to work and will once again generate tax revenue for Houston County. We will also begin making preparations for concerts at the facility. This is a great day for the people of the Wiregrass, the state of Alabama and the rule of law.”

Matthews will leave open his invitation to the attorney general and district attorney of Houston County to come to Country Crossing and perform a civil investigation of the machines.

Lorrie Morgan’s Hot Chicken, Darryl Worley’s Worley Bird Saloon and John Anderson’s Cafeteria will reopen soon. Managers will be contacting employees of the restaurants regarding when to report to work.

The Grascals Bluegrass Hollow RV Park and George Jones Possum Holler Bed and Breakfast will also be open for business.


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  • by DEE Location: ABBEVILLE on Mar 23, 2010 at 05:52 PM
    LOOK BAMALAWYER, ARE YOU SLEEPING WITH BOB RILEY TOO. LORD HAVE MERCY. HOW MUCH ROOM IS THERE UNDER THAT INDIAN BLANKET. TO LET THE GOVENOR SEIZE THE MACHINES ILLEAGALLY, WOULD HAVE ONLY PADDED HIS AGENDA. IF THERE IS A WORSE GOVENOR ANYWHERE I CANT IMAGINE WHERE. THE ONLY ONES WITH GUTS ENOUGH TO STAND UP ARE TROY KING AND HARRI ANNE SMITH. YOU NOTICE RILEY AND TYSON ARENT GOING TO LEAD THE MARCH ON THE BINGO PALACE TOMORROW, CAUSE THEY ARE IDIOTS. TYSON DIDNT RESIGN BECAUSE HE WANTED TO, THEY WERE PROBABLY GOING TO THROW HIM OUT OF MOBILE ANYWAY. THE ONLY REASON THEY ARE TAKING THE BINGO MACHINES OUT IS THE MONEY. RILEY HAS MADE 1000'S FROM CONFISCATING MACHINES ALL OVER ALABAMA. PROBABLY MOST OF IT IN HIS POCKETS. PUT THIS WIMP OUT OF OFFICE AND LETS GET ON WITH IMPORTANT AGENDAS. THE ONLY PROBLEM I HAVE WITH MCGREGOR IS HE DIDNT SUE RILEY AND THAT DINGBAT BROAD HES MARRIED TO, FOR EVERYTHING THEY OWN. MAYBE HE WILL. MEAN WHILE, COULD YOU RELOCATE TO ANOTHER STATE, MAYBE MISSISSIPP.
  • by rodsmith on Mar 23, 2010 at 11:36 AM
    bamalawyer your an idiot. months? for a criminal prosecutin? what law school did you come from? the university of CRACKERJACK? what it all comes down to is CC came to alabama BECASUE the top law enforcment authority in the state said what they were dong was LEGAL...i.e the Alabama Attorney General. they have spent 100's of MILLIONS of dollars since they came here. Now if it's not legal the state is liable to refund every dime of that money since they got it through either fraud or neglance of the AG! trust me ALABAMA CANT' AFFORD to pay it! If there is any other criminal in this it would be the idiots on the alabama supreme court who refuse to SIMPLY rule on the matter instead wanting to dodge the issue.
  • by LAGirl Location: Alabama on Mar 23, 2010 at 10:58 AM
    So, BamaLawyer, what you are saying is that the "casino owners" should have allowed their property to be destroyed for the sake of what exactly? It's clear for anyone who can read with understanding or comprehension that the law is not crystal clear. Innocent until proven guilty or guilty until proven innocent? If you are really a lawyer, you should know that it is not the responsibility of the "casino owners" to prove anything. Why then should they forfeit UNTIL it is brought forth before the courts in any type of litigation? Would you allow your home to be invaded because someone "thought" you had something illegal then wait for MONTHS to get back what is rightfully yours and HOPE that it is still intact and not destroyed or tampered with? No, I seriously doubt that you would do that. Gov. and Tyson compare bingo to meth labs. Why then have there been no arrests? If I ran a meth lab out of my home they would arrest me, not take my $ from sales and try to keep it. Suspicious?
  • by Melanie Location: Johnson on Mar 23, 2010 at 08:12 AM
    I believe that it would be a good thing to bring bingo and even lotto to alabama. It could help our communities very much. iam a mother of a terminally ill child. And here in alabam they dont offer much help except to put her in a nursing home because ther is not enough funding to cover more than 2 therapy sessions a week. i get no respite care because this state cant afford it. And you wonder why? Wel the reason why is because some of our goverment leaders if thats what you want to call them, cant think of noone except theirselfs. And thats not fair. Thanks for listeninf=g
  • by BamaLawyer Location: Dothan on Mar 23, 2010 at 06:25 AM
    Declarity judgments can not decide the legality of casino's. The Supreme Courts have ruled three times this year that these types of issues can not be decided with declarity judgements. This just shows you how crooked and corrupt this whole issue is. If the casino owners wanted a fast, legal ruling...they would have not closed their doors and allowed the due process through a criminal investigation which would take only months to reach a decision by the Supreme Court. It is obvious to everyone who can read that these operations are illegal and this is why the casino owners didn't opt to go that route. It is disgusting that the man (Troy King) who I used to have so much respect for has kneeled down before McGregor and shown his loyalty not to law but to the richest man in Alabama.
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