Ala justices clear way for raid of Victoryland
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court has overturned
a Macon County circuit judge's order that had blocked Gov. Bob Riley's task force on gambling from raiding the Victoryland electronic bingo casino.
The justices in a unanimous ruling overturned the order of Circuit Judge Tom Young that had blocked the task force since March from raiding Victoryland in Macon County.
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"Based upon the ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court today, Alabama no longer has three branches of government -- it has one -- King Riley. The Alabama Supreme Court has now ruled that the attorney general, the district attorneys, sheriffs, and the judges of Alabama do not answer to the people of Alabama who elected them -- but to King Riley," a statement issued by VictoryLand said.
Statement from Gov. Riley
Supreme Court Clears Way for Enforcement of Laws Against Slot Machines at Victoryland
MONTGOMERY -- In a unanimous ruling, the Alabama Supreme Court today reversed the injunction that had prevented the Governor’s Task Force on Illegal Gambling from enforcing Alabama’s laws against slot-machine gambling at Victoryland. The Court ruled that Circuit Judge Tom Young erred when he determined that John Tyson, Commander of the Task Force, lacked authority to take action against Victoryland in Macon County.
“This decision by the Supreme Court means that the law can be and will be equally enforced in every county in this State, including Macon County,” said Governor Riley. “No longer can local elected officials protect gambling bosses from enforcement of the law.”
“We have another unqualified victory in the Alabama Supreme Court for the Governor and his Task Force,” said Task Force Commander John Tyson. “We will take actions immediately to stop illegal gambling wherever it exists in Alabama, including in Macon County.”
The Supreme Court noted that the Alabama Constitution gives the Governor the power to direct the Task Force to ensure that Alabama laws against slot machines are enforced. The Court ruled that neither Attorney General King, Macon County District Attorney Jones, nor Macon County Sheriff Warren can override Governor Riley’s determination that Alabama’s laws against slot-machine gambling were not being adequately enforced in Macon County. The Court stated, “we are unwilling to conclude that Governor Riley cannot, without exceeding any discretion on his part, employ Tyson and other members of the Task Force as he has.” The Court concluded that Tyson “is not wrongfully usurping the offices of District Attorney Jones, Sheriff Warren, or Attorney General King.”