Governor Riley Responds to Houston County

MONTGOMERY – Governor Bob Riley on Tuesday responded to a letter sent by Houston County Commissioner Mark Culver about the Country Crossing gambling facility outside Dothan. The Governor’s letter to Commissioner Culver is attached.

In it, Governor Riley writes that a duly elected judge in Houston County issued a search warrant for the gambling operations at Country Crossing based upon evidence uncovered by a law enforcement investigation. Based on that evidence, the judge found that there was probable cause to believe that illegal gambling was taking place at Country Crossing.

“Law enforcement officials were preparing to execute that duly issued search warrant when you and others obtained a temporary restraining order. That order was issued in the middle of the night without any effort having been made to allow representatives of my Task Force to present counterarguments. Your lawyers yesterday admitted that the temporary restraining order was illegally issued,” the Governor writes in his letter to Culver.

“While I want to engage in a civil dialogue with you and others in Houston County about these issues, I cannot agree to allow illegal activity at Country Crossing to continue indefinitely until the litigation that you filed runs its course,” Governor Riley wrote. “It would be a dangerous precedent to allow the filing of a civil case to frustrate the ability of State officials to enforce our criminal laws.”

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  • by Independent on Jan 16, 2010 at 06:39 PM
    Governor Riley, this is an event you can not win, regardless of your high political stature. It is evident the majority of people within Houston County and all the counties in the wiregrass area want Country Crossings to continue. What about the Casino in Shorter, AL? When are you going raid it? Hmmm, Sounds to me like you have a personal beef with Ronnie Gilley. Why are you not being fair and going after all the casino's in Alabama? This is the People of Alabama and though you may govern it, you do not own it. Your also making a real fool out of yourself, and your so called illegal gambling task force. Your going to make it difficult for the next Republican to become Governor. Personally I perfer and Independent, verses a Republican or Democratic welfare loving liberal. Everyone knows Gilley is a crook, so please let the people figure it out for themselves. Alabama is your jurisdiction, but not the people's backyard. Clean up your task force first!
  • by Scott Location: Geneva on Jan 15, 2010 at 01:27 PM
    While Riley and his yes-men waste their time and resources on this personal attack against Gilley, the real crimes are raging! Why don't you hit the drug dealers and thugs who are the real criminals!
  • by jill Location: dothan on Jan 14, 2010 at 09:06 PM
    i work at cc and my car my house and my kids will go without if bob keeps on with this non sense i love my job. the stress that bob is puting on me is sad i never know if i have a job or not i beg you bob to stop this before i and alot of other people lose can you sleep at night
  • by kat Location: GA on Jan 14, 2010 at 01:37 AM
    Although I am not a citizen of Alabama, I am near enough to receive the news on a daily basis. I have to say this is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever seen government wise. It certainly gives the appearance of a governor on a witch hunt. With all the dang regulations,overpaid inspectors, blah, blah, blah nowdays, I can hardly see how Country Crossing opened the doors, unless the fact is..........the services it provides are legal. Get it together MR. look silly.
  • by mark Location: enterprise on Jan 13, 2010 at 10:28 AM
    benji there is a list of things that could not be done in 1994 that are now possible, due to our advancements in technology.
  • by REM on Jan 13, 2010 at 09:27 AM
    I read all of the amendment. The issue I have,of which still has me scratching my head, is as to how VICTORY LAND has somehow seemingly escaped the wrath of Riley's gun toting task force! The bingo at VICTORY LAND is also played on MACHINES, people. Amendment or no ammendment, as far as I'm concerned, the only crime being committed here is the fact that Riley is trying to oust over a thousand people out of their jobs in a struggling economy. I believe Bob Riley is on a witch hunt, plain & simple, and I commend Mark Culver for all of his efforts in trying to stop this insanity.
  • by Jim Location: Daleville on Jan 13, 2010 at 08:42 AM
    When I first relocated to Alabama a few years ago, I thought Riley had the game plan to bring this state in to the 21st century. I see now he is no different than Mayor Daley of Chicago. Blagovich or the governor of New Jersey. They're all corrupt to the core. At this point in time,it would be to the state's advantage to license and regulate gambling, be it bingo,lottery,horses or dogs. Retailers that sell beer and wine should be able to sell hard liquor too. Get the state out of the liquor business and let retailers carry the burden of inventories, taxes and fees.
  • by Diana Location: Midland City on Jan 13, 2010 at 05:59 AM
    it's better to put revenue in ala. than in other states that allow gambling, people are going to gamble somewhere,it may as wellbe country crossing. it is alot safer to drive somewhere close to home. we're all adults stop trearing us like children.
  • by Benji Location: Newton on Jan 13, 2010 at 05:47 AM
    Pedro did you read the Supreme Court Ruling or do you just drink the kool aid Mark Culver and the local media gives out? I ask every body to look at the 1994 amendment that makes the game of bingo legal in Houston County and what the supreme court defines as bingo. The game of bingo as defined by the court can not be played on a machine.
  • by James Location: Dothan on Jan 13, 2010 at 05:18 AM
    From what I have heard, Electronic Bingo is legal. I do not think it is fair to attack Country Crossing, the newest bingo facality. Wind Creek CASINO near Mobile seems to be alive and well, but it is owned and operated by Indians, so it is protected. If Governor Riley wants to stop gambling, let him go after the Indians first. Then we will know he is not being influnced by them. People should have the right to choose what they want.
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