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Court filing: Riley no power to name task force

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Attorneys for an electronic bingo facility in Lowndes County argue that Gov. Bob Riley had no authority to appoint a special prosecutor to shut down gaming operations in Alabama.

The attorneys for the White Hall Entertainment Center in Lowndes County argued in briefs filed late Friday with the Alabama Supreme Court that the governor overrode the power of local district attorneys when he appointed a task force to investigate and shut down gambling operations in Alabama.

The attorneys filed the briefs after the Supreme Court last week refused to dismiss Riley's appeal of a judge's order that said Alabama Attorney General Troy King has authority over the governor's task force on illegal gambling.

Riley's attorneys have until Friday, April 2 to file their response.

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