Ala Casino Developer Wants Arrest to Determine Law

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Officials at the closed Country Crossing casino in Dothan want Gov. Bob Riley's illegal gambling task force to arrest developer Ronnie Gilley to finally determine if the casino's electronic bingo machines violated the law.

Gilley said Tuesday he's willing to be arrested to get the legal issue before a jury.

Country Crossing attorney Sam Cherry of Dothan said the casino has been closed for nine months under threat of a raid by Riley's task force. He said no court has found electronic bingo at Dothan or in other locations to be against the local law.

Task Force commander John Tyson said he would not allow Gilley to decide the task force's strategy.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by JULIUS Location: FORT RUCKER on Sep 29, 2010 at 09:33 AM
    I agree with Steve from Enterprise comments. I respect Ronnie greatly too for standing up for his beliefs, his projects, and most important of them all "HIS EMPLOYEES" Ronnie is a man with integrity, and love for improvement in our ecomony and people's future and living standards. Gov. Riley and that big mouth so called Task Force Commander (Julius Ceasar)Tyson do not deserve my respect as a citizen, because they have shown that People's opportunities are not their priorities. Only their personal gains. God bless them.
  • by JAMES809 Location: DOTHAN on Sep 28, 2010 at 04:52 PM
  • by Steve Location: Enterprise on Sep 28, 2010 at 04:03 PM
    Riley and Tyson won't arrest Ronnie because they KNOW that he hasn't done anything wrong. The machines are perfectly legal and if Riley would ever have cared to actually test them he would see that they fit the 6pt description outlined by the Supreme Court. But Riley isn't interested in legality, otherwise he would be going after the Indians now too. Federal law says if gambling is illegal in a state then the Indians can't have it either. Riley has likened these bingo halls to methlabs before in his outlandish comparisons and rants, well Bob, would you let the Indians run methlabs? Doubt it. Either let the bingo halls reopen or close down the can't have both. Riley is just afraid if he arrests Ronnie then the issue will be forced and his corruption will come to light. I respect Ronnie greatly for standing up for his beliefs, his project, and his employees.
  • by Mitch Location: Dothan on Sep 28, 2010 at 04:01 PM
    Ronnie has never been one to back down from anyone. I'm sure glad he isn't backing down from this corrupt task force. They won't arrest him though, because they have nothing to charge him with. Their whole farce of a task force was just to scare the places into closing. If these bingo halls were really illegal than they would have arrested him when they came to try and raid the place. Would John Tyson walk into an illegal drug operation and just tell them to close their doors and take the drugs without making any arrests? I dont think so. So why if Ronnie is running an illegal business didn't they arrest him? Why isn't Milton in jail? Or what about Mr Wynn from Greenetrack? BECAUSE BINGO WAS VOTED ON BY THE PEOPLE OF THOSE COUNTIES AND IS LEGAL THERE! If they arrest Ronnie there will be such an uproar and a political and legal nightmare for all those involved and trying to prosecute him.
  • by Mike Location: Dothan on Sep 28, 2010 at 04:00 PM
    Gilley will not be arrested, open or closed, as not one single bingo hall operator has been arrested to date... in fact no employee has in regards to the bingo operations, as that would bring Tyson and Riley out of that gray area they have been tip toeing through.
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