Attorney General Troy King’s chief of staff, Chris Bence, issued the following comments from Attorney General King this morning. Bence said the comments were in response to news media calls inquiring as to the status of the evidence that General King directed John Tyson to produce by 3:00 p.m. today.
Attorney General King’s comments are as follows:
“If Mr. Tyson will comply with my directive, given pursuant to the long-standing and well recognized statutory and constitutional powers of the Office, and share with us the evidence of the task force, it should prove more than sufficient for our Office to file a temporary restraining order that would prohibit the reopening of White Hall and Country Crossing, and allow us to seek to close those facilities that the governor has left open or allowed to reopen. Mr. Tyson’s refusal not only exceeds his authority but will delay our ability to act on behalf of the State. Such a position will again demonstrate that he is content to be an obstructionist, and will have no one but himself to blame for the reopenings.
If necessary, my Office is prepared to immediately petition the court to compel Mr. Tyson to comply with my direction, to return his attention to the affairs of Mobile County, and to produce the task force’s evidence. Having to take this route will create more delays that will only benefit the bingo facilities. I hope it is not a course he will choose.”