"Country Crossing" vs "The State" Court Hearing

By: Jason Wright Email
By: Jason Wright Email

9:43
Brock said if he is appointed to hear more on the dispute, he will make sure all proceedings would be fair and impartial. Then he ended the hearing.

9:40
Country Crossing officials stated that John Tyson might have a conflict of interest in representing the case due to a report out of Mobile this morning that he recieved Indian casino-funded PAC money. The judge said he will deal with that issue later.

9:29
Judge Brock has taken the bench. He said he was initially confused about his role in the current case.

Judge said he has received several motions to quash a search warrant against Country Crossing.

He wonders if the original search warrant issued by local Judge Steensland is stale. (No Longer Relevent)

If so, there is nothing to rule on today.

Both sides agreed that the warrant is now stale.

The judge has ruled the search warrant stale and there is no need to hear any motions related to it.

According to section 15.5.12 of the state of Alabama, the time of the warrant has expired and they do not have to hear the issue.

9:25
The judge just entered the room and is laying out the ground rules for the hearing. If someone talks during the hearing or tries to record the hearing, or is caught sending text messages through a cell phone, they will be removed from the building.

9:21
Country Crossing has 10 people up at the front of the room and the state has 12 people. Judge Brock is expected to enter the room shortly.

9:20
Ronnie Gilley is no where to be found...it is already 9:20 so I assume that he will not be coming to the hearing

9:13
The courtroom is full and everyone is in place....just waiting on judge Jeff Brock to enter the room.

9:11
The courtroom was just opened to the local community who wanted to sit through the hearing. The crowd is mostly Country Crossing followers.

9:07 a.m.
John Tyson, the new Commander of Gov. Riley's task force just walked into the courtroom. He introduced himself to all of the local media and also Houston County Commissioner Mark Culver.

There are roughly a hundred or so supporters from Country Crossing outside of the courthouse holding signs and chanting for jobs and bingo

8:33
Country Crossing supporters were passing out signs and shirts opposing the state government


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  • by jeannie Location: georgia on Feb 5, 2010 at 08:11 PM
    we went to cc prior to closing. it was fun. sorry to see it close. wish we had this in georgia. we only have the state lottery which is a game of chance also. don't see anything wrong with this.
  • by Leigh Location: Dothan on Jan 29, 2010 at 08:33 AM
    Benji, your judgement of others is just as much a sin as gambling. Go reread your Bible. I am a devout Christian but it is not my place to tell people how to live their lives. It is also not my place to judge people or their actions. That's right belongs to God. It's Christians like that who turn people off to Christ. Judgemental and self-righteous people that preach AT everyone they meet that they feel may not be living right.
  • by REM on Jan 29, 2010 at 03:56 AM
    Could be, Sheila. But, like Barber, it appears that he too, has ties with the casinos. I agree with John, Riley needs to be investigated. This whole issue with Riley & his Task force leaders stinks & you can smell it all the way to Mississippi. Right now as I write this, they're attempting another raid on CC. It doesn't look good. Let's all pray that no one gets hurt or worse yet, killed.
  • by Sheila Location: Taylor on Jan 28, 2010 at 05:03 PM
    Just wanted to ran something by you all. Do you think that this new guy that Bingo Bob has appointed to head his task force might be looking to be appointed to a judgeship? Maybe the same one that Doug now says he does not want. Something to think about since he just made the statement that he would not be seeking another term as Mobile's District Attorney.
  • by Sheila Location: Taylor on Jan 28, 2010 at 04:50 PM
    REM, A-Men! Now maybe we can get back to making comments on the article! We have really strayed away from the subject. Sorry everyone!
  • by REM on Jan 28, 2010 at 03:58 PM
    Jen, don't feel sorry for me. Like I told Benji, I'm happier & more free than I've ever been & closer to God than I ever dreamed was possible. There is no dogma in my church, no hypocrits & all are welcome. And Beji, if you want to condem me or my actions for visiting CC, that's your right, but only God knows my heart and that's good enough for me.
  • by REM on Jan 28, 2010 at 03:48 PM
    Benji, I don't need buildings of wood, mortar and/or stone to worship my God. I find sweet Jesus & God all around me & within me. I pray everyday for God's sweet holy spirit to guide & direct me in all that I say & do so that through me another life might be touched & made whole. 'Bless & you shall be blessed' how true those words are. This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine and the more people it touches the brighter it burns. As I said, my heart is my church & every since I made that decision, I have never felt more happy & free or closer to truth in which I have spent almost my entire life trying to find. God knows my heart & Jesus is my Lord & my Saviour & my salvation. I don't need walls built by man or man to insruct my actions or deeds, that is for God to decide. As far as CC, I see nothing wrong with having dinner,lisenting to Randy Owen sing 'My Home is in Alabama' or any number of artist singing. I see it as an opportunity for God to use me to bless & be blessed.
  • by John Location: Dothan, AL on Jan 28, 2010 at 03:07 PM
    This is not a case of the bible. This is a case of a Governor Bob Riley getting paid by the Indians in contributions to his office to get rid of all gambling in the state of Alabama. They allowed Country Crossings to be built... but the Indians didn't like it and said Bob Riley close it down.... someone needs to investigate Bob Riley... his office, and what is his real motives. They allowed it to be built, and people are employed, and the county earns tax money from the organization. Bob Riley has alternative motives... someone please investigate him!
  • by Sheila Location: Taylor on Jan 28, 2010 at 12:51 PM
    Benji, Thanks for the free advice, but I am truley happy with life the way it is Thank-you! And if I wanted a sermon there are more than enough churches and preachers that would gladly let me sit through one! You seem to like to judge other people a-lot! You don't know me and I would appreciate it if you would save your preaching for someone who wants to hear it! By the way these scriptures I too can recite!
  • by Benji Location: Newton on Jan 28, 2010 at 11:20 AM
    REM and Sheila God is love but the same God who loves hates sin... I love children therefore I hate abortion. Read Hebrews 10:25; Church is not about you its about Worshiping God and being the hands and feet of Jesus... You should find a church and serve by teaching little Kids about the love of God instead and giving your money to spread the Godpel instead of entertainment at CC... Harsh words but Jesus was harsh... HE said the gate is narrow and teh way is ahrd that leads to life and there are FEW that find it, but the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction and many find it.... SO according to Jesus' words a majority of people will end up in hell... Spread the gospel
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