Gov. Riley Appoints Mobile D.A. John Tyson to Command Task Force

Alabama Governor Bob Riley appointed a new leader to his illegal gaming task force Monday.

John Tyson has been Mobile County’s district attorney for the past 16 years and Governor Riley believes he's the man for the job.

Today’s move comes 10 days after David Barber resigned from the post, admitting he legally won more than $2,000 at a Mississippi casino.

Tyson says he's ready to take on illegal gaming in the state of Alabama.

"I will see to it that Alabama’s laws against illegal gambling are enforced everywhere, in every community,”

Governor Bob Riley named Tyson the head of his illegal gambling task force at a press conference in Montgomery on Monday.

Tyson replaces David Barber, who stepped down as director of the task force after winning $2,300 dollars at an Indian casino in Mississippi.

Tyson admits that he and his wife have gambled, but only once, saying they spent about 15 or 20 dollars at a casino when gambling first became legal in Mississippi.

He says he knows revenue is down and economic times are tough, but believes bingo is not the answer.

“Opportunities for everyone in our state have expanded and will expand again as we tap into the huge power of Alabamians,”

Tyson has a message for Alabama residents.

"No one is above the law and my friends that really is the point of this isn't it,”

The new director believes electronic bingo games in Alabama are actually illegal slot machines and only traditional card bingo is allowed in the state.

“The rule of law in Alabama could not be clearer. Machines that accept money and dispense prizes based on elements of chance are slot machines under Alabama law. Slot machines are illegal, and calling them electronic bingo does not change that,"

Governor Riley had his own remarks on electronic bingo saying

“Money and jobs have nothing to do with whether this is legal. And it obviously is illegal, and a federal judge, two circuit judges and now the Alabama Supreme Court have said so."

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  • by Monte Location: Samson on Jan 28, 2010 at 12:16 PM
    "anonumous" Were in my post did I mention two master? If memory serves me correct the New Testament in the King James Version only speaks of ONE GOD I'm not weak minded to the point of needing to serve a master as you have eluded too. I was given common sense enough to read and understand what I read from the GOD I believe in which is in the New Testament of the King James Version just incase you didn't grasp it earlier. Again; I question the method in which you take text and twist it to fit your opinion. By the way; scare tactics do not work with strong WILLED people.
  • by anonumous on Jan 28, 2010 at 11:22 AM
    Monte - who is your God? You can;t serve but one, You will either hate one and love the other or despise one and cling to the other...No man can serve two masters
  • by Monte Location: Samson on Jan 27, 2010 at 05:13 PM
    "ANONYMOUS"; that's a statement within it's self. As to your question; that judgement is between my God and I. I There was only one Perfect Man and I'm not that man. Matthew 7:1, "Judge Not, Lest Ye Not Be Judged." The real question here is whether you are taking God's word out of text and twisting it to fit your opinion.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2010 at 02:14 PM
    Monte have you keep the 10 commandments? Have you ever told a lie? have you ever stolen anything (value doesn't matter)? If God judges you Monte accroding to those 10 you listed would you be innocent or guilty? Would you deserve heaven or hell? Remember that God is just and He must punish sin, just as our judges should punish law breakers.
  • by Dwight Location: Dothan on Jan 27, 2010 at 11:17 AM
    Oh, and for the record, I'm not a Riley fan. He seems pretty corrupt to me, as are most politicians.
  • by Dwight Location: Dothan on Jan 27, 2010 at 11:11 AM
    Monte, I don't think you quite understand what I had written. I stated that the Bible DOES NOT specifically have a reference against gambling. I stated that it would be a sin to take money that you would use to buy groceries with or pay your house mortgage with and gamble it away. To lose your home or make your family go hungry because of a gambling addiction would be a sin because you are causing the innocent to suffer. And no, I didn't say that everyone should sit back and be quiet, I meant that everyone should stop being so hateful towards Christians just because they disagree with them. Yes, they are taking a stand for what they believe in, whether or not they are just a bunch of hypocrites. Some of us actually live by the standards we set.
  • by Monte Location: Samson on Jan 27, 2010 at 11:04 AM
    Am I reading the correct 10 Commandments? Please tell me if these are the same as what (Ben) is privilege to read. ONE: 'You shall have no other gods before Me.' TWO: 'You shall not make for yourself a carved image--any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.' THREE: 'You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.' FOUR: 'Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.' FIVE: 'Honor your father and your mother.' SIX: 'You shall not murder.' SEVEN: 'You shall not commit adultery.' EIGHT: 'You shall not steal.' NINE: 'You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.' TEN: 'You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's. Where is gambling in the above? Hello; stop twisting God's Word to fit your opinion.
  • by Ben Location: Newton on Jan 27, 2010 at 08:00 AM
    Breaking one of God’s commandments is a sin. The 10th commandment say’s “do not covet”. Gambling is coveting. Therefore gambling is a sin. Here is another verse 1 Timothy 6:9-10 “But those who want to be rich fall into temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.”
  • by REM on Jan 27, 2010 at 07:02 AM
    I believe that is what everybody on here is doing, 'Taking A Stand For What They Believe In'. There is nothing wrong with that, but nothing gets me more riled up than taking God's word and turning it to suit ones-self so one might freely condemn anothers actions. Even Jesus rose up against the religious leaders of his time and in turn, they played a big part in his crucifixion. Like I said, over indulgence in anything is considered a sin, but the truth is, the majority of those who gamble, do it responsibly & the 3% to 5% who do not, will find other places, other means & other ways to satisfy their out of control behavior. 'TRUE CHRISTIANITY'is a beautiful thing. It is really very, very sad that so many make a mockery of it.
  • by Monte Location: Samson on Jan 27, 2010 at 05:37 AM
    Guess I'm lost somewhere in this dark cloud of gambling is a sin. Please (Dwight)show documenation or provide a source where I (we) can read the same information as you are previliage too. So you are asking for the people who do not openly force Christanity to sit back and keep quite? Excuse me! That is the same actions as the riley gang wants; "Do As I Say, Not As I DO".
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