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Troy King Responds to Gov. Riley

STATEMENT OF ATTORNEY GENERAL TROY KING

(MONTGOMERY)— The letter I received from the Governor this week is the most recent in a series by the Governor and places our state in a constitutional crisis. This is no longer about bingo, if it ever was. It is not about whether someone is above the law. It is about whether someone, by declaration, can become the law.

The letter states that the Governor is exercising his “supreme executive power” to “overrule and nullify” actions taken by the State Attorney General. The Office of Attorney General is a Constitutional Office, the same as the Supreme Court, the State Treasurer, and other offices. The Governor can no more “overrule and nullify” the powers of the Attorney General than he can “overrule or nullify” the actions of the Supreme Court.

My Office has initiated and is well underway with the appropriate action through our courts to resolve this conflict. I am urging the Supreme Court to explain to the Governor that he does not possess unlimited power. Meanwhile, our course of action is correct and we will maintain it.


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