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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  • by Mary Location: Houston on Mar 30, 2010 at 07:09 AM
    It does not seem like Riley and Tyson IQ level is very high. Maybe they need to go back to school.
  • by Anonymous II Location: visiting Dothan on Mar 29, 2010 at 09:36 PM
    But is the lame duck gov in bed w/the Supreme Court justices? As an outsider looking in - seems as if Riley can buy out the courts - so where's the fairness/justice in the court system? Not to mention TRUST in your local government. It's pretty sad to see all the wasted months since the onslaught of the gov and TF=wasted taxpayer dollars=higher unemployment=loss state revenue.And how is it all of a sudden VL is still untouched while others are threatened by the TF? Riley, did VL put $ back in your pockets? Why not put a special election on the ballot to LET THE PEOPLE VOTE NOW? Why wait until November? If churchgoers are appalled at CC then why are their members found there enjoying the facility? Why should we report to crimestoppers-what are the state's troopers doing-Securing a non-operational facility or securing the lives of the Alabama citizens? OMG Alabama-are you alive in 2010 to speak up-freedom of choice, democracy, honest justice-is it America or the World according to Riley?
  • by Rodney Location: dothan on Mar 29, 2010 at 01:29 PM
    Of course "Adolph Riley" has the power to do whatever he wants to Alabama.
  • by Formor Republican on Mar 29, 2010 at 07:57 AM
    Rileys actions in these last few months has opened my eyes as to who to vote for in the coming election. I have voted Republican for twenty years but no more. The only worthy Republican I see now is Troy King, he has my vote, but for Governor and other offices in this state, I am going to be very selective. I will vote for the person not his political ties.
  • by Diana Location: dothan on Mar 29, 2010 at 06:37 AM
    I agree, a man who asked for money from a casino,and received money from it, has no right to try to proscute that establishment. It takes a mad dog to bite the hand that fed him. Tyson excuse yourself from these procedings, you have received Dirty Money.
  • by James Location: Dothan on Mar 29, 2010 at 05:04 AM
    Power or ho power, this is not the wild west of the 18 hundreds, and this is Alabama, not Tombstone Arizona. Riley should get a life and quit doing the "right thing the wrong way". I hope the courts will let Mr. King do his job. It is his job, not John Tyson's, who has unclean hands!!!
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