Statement from John Tyson, Commander of the Task Force on Illegal Gambling, on Today’s Ruling from U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson

Statement from John Tyson, Commander of the Task Force on Illegal Gambling, on Today’s Ruling from U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson

“Today’s ruling by the federal court is a victory for the rule of law. The gambling bosses who run Country Crossing undertook this desperate effort to stop the enforcement of Alabama’s gambling laws, and it failed. If Country Crossing is reopened, then law enforcement officials intend immediately to arrest anyone seen engaging in criminal activity on the premises and to seize any illegal machines. This is what law enforcement officials do every day in enforcing Alabama law, and the gambling bosses are going to be treated just like everyone else. No one is above the law.

“The federal court’s order makes reference to a civil court action that Country Crossing can file to review the legality of its machines. Country Crossing should have done that prior to opening its facility. The two recent decisions by the Alabama Supreme Court have spelled out the requirements for legal bingo, and the slot machines at Country Crossing do not come close to meeting those requirements. If Country Crossing wants to seek a court ruling now on the legality of the machines, then its facility should remain closed until such a court proceeding is fully and finally concluded. The Task Force will not stand by and allow criminal activity to proceed with impunity.”

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  • by Walter Location: Ozark on Feb 2, 2010 at 07:06 PM
    Looks like Chief Running Deer Riley and Running Bear Tyson are smoking from the same peace pipe. Where's the Cavalry when you need them? Can this get any more ridcules?
  • by kevin Location: headland on Feb 2, 2010 at 06:48 PM
    I have allways voted republican, But thanks to Riley I am now voting democrat or independant, Looking @ Riley just makes me sick to my stomach.
  • by Montie Location: Raleigh, NC on Feb 2, 2010 at 01:38 PM
    For those that think Gambling is the epitome of sin and addiction, what do you propose to do about the other addictions in the state? Do you propose to eliminate alcohol from the entire state for the "good of public policy?" What of the internet? It certainly took Alabama long enough to GET the net, will that now be considered too high of a risk? What of eating? Will food now be considered morally objectionable because SOME people can't control the use of it? Wake up folks. ANYTHING that is used habitually to excess (even exercise) can be addictive. The entire idea of it being the governor's MORAL duty to protect the citizens from themselves is as ridiculous as the governor thinking these actions will do anything aside from ensure that it will be another 100 years before a Republican will win a gubernatorial election in Alabama. The naysayers are even calling for a vote, PUT IT TO A VOTE OR LET IT GO!!
  • by Samantha Location: Dothan on Feb 2, 2010 at 12:54 PM
    Has anyone ever heard of the word impeachment? This is what needs to happen to the governor and that idiot John Tyson. I may not be for Country Crossings but to use my money that I pay taxes on was just stupid and retarded. You all could've used the taxpayers money to rebuild roads schools and other things that the state needed. 130,000 dollars of taxpayer money down the toliet thanks guys. No wonder I hate Riley
  • by Rick on Feb 2, 2010 at 07:01 AM
    LOL "gambling bosses." Drama queen much?
  • by barb Location: Panama City on Feb 2, 2010 at 06:49 AM
    HYPOCRITE!!!! NOW....close Wynn Creek and the others down!!
  • by John on Feb 1, 2010 at 11:56 PM
    Tyson is one of most arrogant people I have ever seen. I don't trust him or Governor Riley. Why did they wait until now. Something fishy is up here no doubt. I still can't believe the wasted money on all those state troopers last week and the wasted money on his trip to the Rose Bowl. I feel so sorry for the unemployed while he lives the life of Riley literally. New Governor needed asap. By the way, this has made Alabama look like a joke.
  • by buddy Location: georgia on Feb 1, 2010 at 11:45 PM
    The people of alabama are going to get tired of the govenor taking money away from thier kids and giving it to the indians and the miss bosses. Im going to play and if its not in alabama then in miss i would love for it to be in alabama. Country Crossing is the best thing to happen to houston co. in a long time. Just an old georgia boy putting his two cents in.
  • by Larry Location: oZARK on Feb 1, 2010 at 10:40 PM
    Mr. Tyson, aren't you just the Big Dog running your mouth! You are just loving this spotlight! You couldn't,t get elected when you ran for office, so you will get into the spotlight any way you can - even thought it may just be Riley's little LAP DOG! You the man, man! Seriously, why don't you just tuck your little lap dog tail between your legs and go back to Mobile. Alabama does NOT NEED YOU OR Riley! You both are HUGH HIPOCRATS
  • by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2010 at 09:51 PM
    if no one is above the law then why did they show up without a warrant????????????
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