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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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