Alabama task force spends $536,000 on legal help

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The governor's office has spent more than $500,000 on legal bills for its crackdown on illegal gambling.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports Sunday that figures supplied by Gov. Bob Riley's administration show it has paid the Bradley Arant Boult Cummings law firm $536,115 to assist the Governor's Task Force on Illegal Gambling.

The administration's contract with the law firm allows the state to pay up to $650,000.

Task force Commander John Tyson testified Friday in a court hearing he receives no compensation as commander.

Riley's press secretary, Todd Stacy, said the legal costs are less than half of the $1.3 million the task force has seized in raids on gambling halls.

Court hearings will determine whether the state government keeps the entire amount.

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


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  • by cc Location: Hartford on Mar 22, 2010 at 11:39 AM
    And there's not enough money in the coffers to issue State Tax refunds in a timely fashion!!! What a crying shame ! Watching Tyson with his bulldog countenance and so full of himself makes me downright green around the gills, especially knowing that he and the great, great Guv. have no worries about their next paycheck.
  • by MR.DP Location: Dothan on Mar 22, 2010 at 10:49 AM
    What a waste of money. 536,000 on illegal raid and for what, nothing. I can think of more important thing to spend that money on, like teacher. We are getting ready to lay off thousand of teacher in the state of Alabama. Not to mention a state that is unable to pay back a tax refund that belongs to the tax paying the citizen of the state. The state of Alabama is so screwed up.
  • by Robert J. (Bob) Davis on Mar 22, 2010 at 01:53 AM
    The Law firm Governor Riley has Hired has WON THE JACKPOT ALREADY. GUESS WHAT? THEY DID NOT EVEN HAVE TO PUT A NICKEL IN A BINGO MACHINE TO DO IT. It is called legalized stealing of Government funds from us the citizens of Alabama. SHAME SHAME SHAME! FROM THE GOVERNOR TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WHO WE PAY TO TAKE CARE OF THIS STUFF. I say FIRE THEM ALL AND LOCK THEM UP WHERE THEY BELONG IN PRISON. Along with anyone else who refuses to do the job they are being paid to do including and not limited to the DA's and Sheriff's in their respective counties..... WHAT SAY YOU PEOPLE OF ALABAMA?
  • by Joe Location: Slocomb on Mar 21, 2010 at 07:19 PM
    Does Todd stays drunk all the time? he sure talks a lot.
  • by JAMES Location: DOTHAN on Mar 21, 2010 at 05:40 PM
    KEEP ON SPENDING THE MONEY RILEY.YOU ACT LIKE WE HAVE PLENTY OE IT.LETS CLOSE MORE SCHOOLS LAY OFF PEOPLE CLOSE DOWN JOBS.I WILL BE GLADE WHEN YOUR TERM IS UP.HOPE SPARKS WINS AS GOVERNOR HE SPEAKS WHAT I LIKE TO HERE.
  • by Debbie Location: Hartford on Mar 21, 2010 at 05:24 PM
    Let me say that this is a shame when my child doesn't even have a math book that we are wasteing money on electronic bingo machines. This sorry excuse for a lawyer that is heading up the task force may not be receiving monetay wealth but the advertising his name is getting is payment also.
  • by Joey Location: dothan on Mar 21, 2010 at 05:11 PM
    Why arent our attorneys who are on the state and county payrolls handling this? If they cant do the job then fire them. If the laws were not written clearly enough to know what's legal and what's not we need to vote in someone who can write them to where we can understand them ourselved without needing an attorney or a judge to interpret them. It should be illegal to write a law that most people on the street can't understand.
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