Gov Riley Tells AG to Stop Interfering in Work of Task Force

Governor Bob Riley

MONTGOMERY – Using his authority as the state’s chief executive, Governor Bob Riley has directed Attorney General Troy King to stop “any effort to direct or interfere” with investigations and prosecutions being undertaken by the Task Force on Illegal Gambling.

In a letter to King dated April 7, Governor Riley also directs the attorney general to withdraw his court filings in the White Hall casino case and to provide “support and cooperation” to the Task Force if requested.

“Alabama’s constitution says the Governor is in charge of the executive branch and says the Governor has both the power and the duty to make sure the laws are enforced. That’s why Governor Riley has informed the attorney general he is to cease all his efforts to interfere with the work of the Task Force,” said Jeff Emerson, Communications Director for Governor Riley.

Governor Riley has directed the members of the Task Force to continue to fulfill the important duties that they have been assigned to enforce Alabama’s laws against illegal gambling. Consistent with that direction, the Governor has sent letters to attorneys serving as special prosecutors for the Task Force instructing them to ignore a letter they received from King. In that letter, King told the special prosecutors he was “releasing” them from working on the Task Force.

“The attorney general has no authority to direct the Governor’s Task Force to take any action or refrain from taking any action related to the Task Force,” said Emerson.

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  • by Lee Location: Dothan on Apr 9, 2010 at 03:07 PM
    The Governor is so wrong in this matter. He stated on TV, a month or so ago, that "No one is above the Law". This letter to our elected official, The Attorney General, is a prime example of him(Riley)placing himself above the law. He is in contempt of the law as written in the Constitution of the state of Alamama. He should be put in Jail.
  • by Larry Location: Ozark on Apr 9, 2010 at 03:01 PM
    All I can say is that this governor is living in La-La land. He is off his ever loving rocker and crazy as a bedbug. Impeach him and stop his embarrasment of Alabama
  • by de Location: panama city beach on Apr 9, 2010 at 11:24 AM
    NOW I see what's going on...Riley's a stock holder in the Mississippi Indian Nation. He's using his son-in-law's name to hide his good(puuukkkeee)name, and has invested/been given shares in their casino's. Most likely owns some busses...Biloxi bound with Alabama citizens. Robbin' Robert Riley's Bus Line, what an A hole.....
  • by Diana Location: Dothan on Apr 9, 2010 at 09:08 AM
    It must be very frustrating for our Attorney General, an honest man, who is trying to do his job. Bob Riley is acting like a Dictator rather than a Governor. Alabama is a democracy, or was prior to Riley. I don't think Riley is an honest man. I saw a copy of the $75,000 check from the Indian PAC in Mississippi.
  • by Eric Location: Enterprise on Apr 9, 2010 at 08:55 AM
    Legalize prostitution: it provides jobs.
  • by Mary Location: Dothan on Apr 9, 2010 at 06:06 AM
    According to the duties of A. G. King based on what i have read if the governor can not do his job and make decision then the Attorney General has the power to do it for him. Read the duties of Attorney General.
  • by James Location: Dothan on Apr 9, 2010 at 04:35 AM
    I used to think Riley was a good Governor, but not anymore. We the people elected Troy King to do this kind of work, and Riley is preventing Mr. King from doing it. I am glad Riley will soon be out of office. I hope the house will vote to let us vote on this bingo issue. I intend to again vote for Mr. King, and hope we get a governor that is level headed enough to let the AG do his job. I think Luther Strange is as his name implies.(Strange)
  • by rodsmtih on Apr 8, 2010 at 11:56 PM
    i think he's a neo-nazi with delusions of god hood and it's a pity the AG and the State Supreme Court and the senate havne't arranged for his removal for his OBVIOUS mental health problems.
  • by Terri on Apr 8, 2010 at 11:11 PM
    Guess all the elected officials in the state of Alabama should just take the rest of the year off and go fishing...riley seems to think he is in charge and can do everyone's job...he know everything...he is a gov...Judge...Attorney General...Senator...and anything else he wants to be...he sure won't let anyone else do their job or let us vote...not only counting the days until he will be out of office but counting the days until the investigation gets started on him and they send him to jail...then he will have something to cry about...he is a sorry SOB
  • by Troy Location: Dothan on Apr 8, 2010 at 08:42 PM
    The raids are not illegal. If they were, someone would have filed a lawsuit for their constitutional rights being violated. No one has because their rights haven't been violated. The laws are being enforced legally.
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