Governor Riley Comments on Supreme Court Ruling

Governor Riley Comments on Supreme Court Ruling

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Supreme Court unanimously agreed today that Governor Bob Riley has the authority to ensure that Alabama’s laws against illegal gambling will be enforced. The Supreme Court rejected the effort by Attorney General Troy King to assume control over the Governor’s Task Force on Illegal Gambling.

“The Attorney General’s effort to hijack the Task Force was an illegal power grab designed to protect casino bosses. In light of this ruling, the casino bosses’ days of protection from law enforcement are over,” said Governor Riley. “I formed the Task Force only because the Attorney General failed to perform his duty to ensure that Alabama’s anti-gambling laws are enforced.

“This ruling clears the way for Alabama’s laws against slot-machine gambling to be enforced across the state. This is a clear, complete and total victory for the rule of law."

In the ruling, the Supreme Court also indicated that Governor Riley’s position that “bingo” cannot be played on slot machines is correct under numerous prior Alabama court decisions. “This ruling should put the nail in the coffin for so-called electronic bingo in this state,” said Governor Riley.

In the ruling, the Supreme Court indicated that Governor Riley’s position that “bingo” cannot be played on slot machines is correct under numerous prior Alabama court decisions. “This ruling makes clear again that you cannot play bingo on a slot machine, and it should put the nail in the coffin for so-called electronic bingo in this state,” said Governor Riley.

The Supreme Court also rejected Attorney General King’s plan to file civil declaratory judgment actions. The Attorney General’s plan would have allowed the slot machine parlors to stay in business while the cases slowly progressed through the courts. The Attorney General’s plan ignored prior Supreme Court decisions that made clear that declaratory judgment actions in these circumstances are not permitted. Today, the Supreme Court confirmed that “Attorney General King’s proposed course of conduct would be a nullity.”

Attorney General King has also suggested that the Task Force could not conduct raids of slot machine halls without a warrant. The Supreme Court shot down that argument too. The Court stated that it was “well settled” that law enforcement does not need a warrant to search public areas of a business establishment.


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  • by rodsmith on May 23, 2010 at 11:04 AM
    guess this also means we will be seeing raid on all those 1,000 of bingo parlor's in alabama that use the electronic pads to play bingo. It's back to the PAPER age with all it's enviromental damage for stone age alabama.
  • by rodsmith on May 23, 2010 at 11:01 AM
    guess this means CC can now file that $500,000,000 civil lawsuit against the state for the FRAUD and LIES from the local and state govt officals that brought them here.
  • by Frank Location: Enterprise on May 23, 2010 at 05:22 AM
    So, Troy King is 0 for 4 with the Supreme Court on this issue! Seems like he needs more than a little help interpreting AL law. Maybe he can be chief legal counsel for RG Enterprises after we get rid of him.
  • by Butch Location: Dothan on May 22, 2010 at 02:50 PM
    This latest supreme court ruling adds to list of politicians I consider being on the payroll of Mississippi casinoes and Alabama Native Americans. They obviously don't have our tights or wishes in mind.This ruling also tells me we have absolutely no need for an Atty. Gen in this state. We have God himself in the gov's office. riley claims to speak for the people of this state when he is actually looking out for the Miss. casinoes and the Ala. Indian casinoes.We in this state no longer have any rights unless the gov says we do and he doesn't. I sincerely pray that the Bingo issue is going to be on the Nov ballot. Maybe then, we can recover at least some of our rights.Hopefully Ronnie Gilley will not abandon us because of this,though we can't blame him if he does.
  • by OMG Location: Dothan on May 22, 2010 at 10:46 AM
    Riley is a road block to revenue for Dothan schools and the city's infrastructure, jobs for citizens, entertainment for old and young! How is it that Victoryland is still open? Is it money back in your pockets. And the Alabama Supreme Court - is it your money in their pockets? This is 2010 and you have clearly roadblocked PROGRESS. Politicians = Poverty in Alabama and specifically in the Wiregrass. You clearly allow "gambling", however you term it, in church halls, and allow mini marts to sell lottery in the guise of prepaid calling cards and alcohol and drugs to run rampant in the state. You are not my employer and the money I EARN if I want to drop it in a slot machine or pay for a bingo card - paper or electronically - SHOULD NOT BE YOUR DECISION!! Not NOW and NOT EVER!!! LET THE PEOPLE VOTE - America the land of the FREE! SHAME ON RILEY, SHAME ON ALABAMA'S POLITICIANS! Mississippi and other states are the Lucky Ones to gain Alabama's lost revenues! Idiots
  • by Lou Location: Enterprise on May 22, 2010 at 09:46 AM
    Why does a "national entertainment destination" ie. CC, depend on bingo for its existence? If its "not about gambling" why is CC down in Biloxi looking at "new locations"? No one has answered these obvious questions.
  • by Den Location: Dothan on May 22, 2010 at 08:26 AM
    Well folks, now that the Supreme Court has given the keys to Governor Riley We might as well change the title to "Supreme King Riley". He now controls the task force and cannot be investigated. Why? He is the head of investigations. The supreme court also has given the newly crowned King Riley the power to investsigate any public establishment without a warrant. Since he needs no warrant, He could hard ball and make any buisness a living Hell. He potently could investigate a new business and help convince them to move their business to a location more suitable to his liking, maybe Montgomery for example. I dont care if your for Bingo or not, but no Governor or any future Governor should have that much power.
  • by J Location: Dothan on May 22, 2010 at 07:34 AM
    This state is so bass-ackwards. I am so glad I am leaving soon. Gov Riley wins at the expense of his state. At a time when the state needs any successful business it can get, Riley is spending millions to boot them. If the people of Alabama have any sense, the next governor they vote in will allow this to go back up for a vote by the people. Unfortunately, there are a lot of religious wackos in this state that would probably vote it down in that way too. Enjoy living in your rundown double wides, but thank God we don't have gambling.
  • by Daggie Location: Cedar Bluff on May 21, 2010 at 10:59 PM
    We need to worry more about Illegal mexicans than Bingo parlors
  • by Louise Location: Newton on May 21, 2010 at 04:59 PM
    I hope The Idiot is happy now and that his brethern in the Happy Hunting Grounds are pleased with their small Pale-Face. He is a bigger idiot than all of the former Governors combined.
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