MONTGOMERY – The Governor’s Office issued the following statement from Jeff Emerson, Communications Director for Governor Bob Riley:
“The Governor's office gave its complete cooperation to Justice Houston in his investigation of the false and outrageous allegations that the case was reassigned at the request of the Governor or his staff. Governor Riley appreciates the seriousness with which Justice Houston conducted the investigation. Justice Houston's conclusion that there is no evidence to support the allegations should put to rest once and for all these baseless claims against the Governor and the Court.
“Justice Houston's conclusion that confidential information was leaked to the public about the case is not a surprise. After all, one individual not associated in any way with the Governor held a press conference on the steps of the Supreme Court the day before the decision was released and announced that the case had been reassigned from one justice to another. While that information was clearly leaked by someone, it was not leaked to the Governor, his staff, or anyone associated with the Task Force on Illegal Gambling,” said Emerson.