DOJ official: bingo probe not meant to alter vote

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A top Justice Department official says
an investigation surrounding a bill to regulate and legalize
electronic bingo in Alabama isn't meants to influence an upcoming
vote in the Alabama House.

The acting chief of the Public Integrity Section, Raymond N.
Hulser, made the statement in a letter to Birmingham attorney Doug
Jones, who represents the Democratic caucuses in the House and

In his own letter to Justice Department officials, Jones
expressed "grave concern" about the timing of a meeting that
federal investigators had with key legislators disclosing the

A spokeswoman for the Justice Department in Washington, Laura
Sweeney, declined to comment Monday.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 13, 2010 at 10:59 AM
    man the govt just thinks the american people get dumber and dumber everyday. They show up days before the vote and announce they think all of them are crooks, cheats and liars' BUT they are not here to influence the vote! GET REAL...OF COURSE THEY ARE. Just a real pity the senate didnt' have the guts to ARREST THEM for illegal interference in a govt operation.
  • by William on Apr 13, 2010 at 12:36 AM
    We who believe in the Democratic process where the people are allowed to vote do not believe that this is just a matter of perfect or poor timing depending on your view point. It is simply a matter of imtimidation by the governor and his cronies. I was never a supporter or detractor concerning bingo until King Bob started trying to dictate what is right and wrong. Now I absolutely think we should have bingo and any other type of gambling available. At least let the people vote.
  • by Emery Location: Daleville on Apr 12, 2010 at 06:47 PM
    "We the people" of Alabama are not idiot's!! It's as clear as day that the probe into the bingo vote is meant to alter the vote's in the House. Wake up; look at the timing of it, don't treat us like we're a bunch of fool's. And there's not a doubt in my mind that Gov. hitler is some how behind it all. "HE'S A DISGRACE TO THIS GREAT STATE"; as is his bully buddy, Czar Tyson.
  • by lARRY Location: Ozark on Apr 12, 2010 at 04:00 PM
    Yea, I believe you - like i believe everything else you say! Governor Riley had his hand in this and he is pulling out all stops to help his Mississippi and Indian casino bosses for their contributions to his campaign. Why don't you investigate the corruption of the governor while you are here!
  • by Jay Bea Location: Dothan on Apr 12, 2010 at 03:25 PM
    Sure It Didn't .... That is nothing but Bull Malarkey...That is exactly what it was meant to do ... The actions from justice dept. were timed almost exactly to when the Bill hit the Committee in the House .. Then this RUSE of we are not giving out any names but you know who you are... It was so transparent that it was not hard to see who it was intended to intimidate Or who was behind it .... I think someone should investigate the investigator ... I think she is as crooked as Riley and Tyson are...
  • by Faron Location: Samson on Apr 12, 2010 at 02:53 PM
    That ranks right up there with the check's in the mail.
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