Ala Justices Clear Way for Raid of Victoryland

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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Victoryland Statement
"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.”


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  • by Connie Location: Hartford on Aug 1, 2010 at 07:53 AM
    If the law says no bingo. What about all the people playing poker and yes the dogs..Gambling is gambling. No matter what you are gambling on. So we can't do bingo. We got the dogs to gramble on. No one is messing with them..And if you belong to the VFW you can go there to play poker. Oh I forgot..Bingo to at the VFW...All this is getting old..
  • by Anonymous on Jul 31, 2010 at 09:37 AM
    I HATE THAT TYSON GETS TO HAVE FUN BY SHOWING THAT HE HAS THE POWER TO DO WHAT HE LOVES TO DO, I WILL BE GLAD TO SEE RILEY AND TYSON OUT OF THE PICTURE ONCE AND FOR ALL, I SURE HOPE RON SPARKS GETS VOTED IN, IT WILL STOP A LOT OF THE BULL CRAP THAT GOES ON WITH THE POLITISIONS IN ALABAMA.
  • by Dave Location: Marianna on Jul 31, 2010 at 06:41 AM
    Despite all the verbage, it comes down to ARE YOU GOING TO ENFORCE EXISTING LAW, OR AREN'T YOU. As long s the law says the hardware is illegal, it is. Maybe the law needs to be changed, but as it exists now, the equipment is illegal.
  • by Steve Location: Hartford on Jul 30, 2010 at 08:29 PM
    Its about time.
  • by Jay Location: Wicksburg on Jul 30, 2010 at 07:46 PM
    Finally, the Supreme Court of Alabama has stricken down another seemingly crooked and paid-for judge and will allow our God-Fearing Governor to do the job that he has sworn to do. Why can't people understand that the Governor must up-hold our Constitution which holds gambling to be illegal. Maybe when all the BOUGHT judges, politicians, and bingo bosses are indicted, people will understand how they have tried to buy our State. But, NO, it was for charity. I mean you give less than 1% of your millions to charity, who can say you are not a GEART HUMANITIAN.
  • by Helen Location: Cottonwood on Jul 30, 2010 at 03:37 PM
    They said that right HAIL KING RILEY. Just who does Riley think he is???? The churches better watch out they might get raided to. VFW'S watch out. That means no more bingo in this state. Now what about the dog tracks????? They bet on the the dogs there too. utoh no more dog tracks??? If there is no more ebingo then the indians will have to close to right???? Feds say if no gambling in that state ...Indians can't either...RIGHT???
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