Tyson testifies he has statewide clout over bingo

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) - The commander of the governor's task force on illegal gambling has testified in a Macon County court that he has statewide authority to crack down on gambling machines.

John Tyson was called Friday as the first witness in a lawsuit filed by Macon County officials who contend he has no authority in their county because they didn't invite him to investigate the bingo machines at VictoryLand.

Responding to angry questions from District Attorney Paul Jones, Tyson said he was not invited by the sheriff or district attorney but his appointment by the governor as task force commander gives him statewide authority.

Circuit Judge Tom Young is to decide whether to extend or withdraw a temporary order blocking Tyson and the task force from raiding the electronic bingo operation at Shorter.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by James Location: Dothan on Mar 21, 2010 at 05:38 AM
    Yes I will remember Mr. Tyson come election day and the rest of the people who won't stand up for Country Crossing. Dothan had a chance to bring millions of dollars in from from Florida and Georgia as well as give employment to hundreds of people in this area. I like Bill Johnson for Governor. I also want to keep Harrie Ann Smith as senator, they both want to give the people a right to vote on the the bingo issue
  • by Robert J. (Bob) Davis Location: Columbia on Mar 21, 2010 at 04:08 AM
    Yes just remember all these people who refuse to do their duty when election time rolls around. They want their cake and eat it too. Collect these great Salaries and not do the job they are paid to do at least make a decision. That goes for our AG, DA, Sheriff and anyone else who won't take a stand who is being paid with tax dollars and tell us what their position is on the subject including our judges. Robert J. (Bob) Davis
  • by johnny Location: dothan on Mar 20, 2010 at 10:57 AM
    if anyone ask where im from, i lie and dont say alabama. im ashamed and embarrassed to admit that im from a state that ran by a bunch of COMPLETE idiots. plain and simply put, we dont have the right to vote, here in alabama. the governor is crooked, his wife is apparently high or drunk, no one knows anything about the laws and the state attorney just doesnt care one way or the other. alabama is suffering because of its so called "leaders". im hopeful that the people in alabama have learned how very important it is to vote and to know what their representatives stands for. other states with freedom of choice are thriving and providing quality education and upkeep and are moving forward. wheres is the justice and why doesnt anyone care to stop the madness (troy king). whay are getting out of all this mr. king? we need jobs and food on our tables!! stop brown nosing mr. riley and do something for the people for once.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2010 at 11:06 PM
    Is King ever gonna step up and put Tyson and Riley in their places? What a ****** wimp. My vote may not mean but just one vote, but King will not get it net time around. King, you are a sorry excuse for an AG, and Doug Valeska and Andy Hughes, in Houston county, are equally as sorry.
  • by Ernestine Location: Dothan on Mar 19, 2010 at 04:47 PM
    Tyson took political contributions from Victory Land owner of $100,000 although wanted $150,000 now what does he want to keep the place open. If the people do not get the opportunity to vote on the "bingo" issue, then CLOUT should be used to describe Tyson because he has more power than the citizens of Alabama.
  • by Jay Location: Wicksburg on Mar 19, 2010 at 02:27 PM
    Isn't it amszing how the word " CLOUT " distorts a news report when your station supports illegal slot machines. Mr. Tyson used the word " authority ", not " clout ".
  • by Kathy Hatcher on Mar 19, 2010 at 01:05 PM
    Troy King has apparently given his blessing to Tyson or he would not have this power. Hopefully everyone will remember this when election time rolls around.
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