Former Gambling Task Force Head Applauds Ruling

Former Gambling Task Force Head Applauds Ruling

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Combing over the judge's order, John Tyson points out his favorite highlight. 

"That it's illegal gambling cloaked in a costume of bingo,” says Tyson with a laugh.  Tyson was in charge of Bob Riley’s anti-illegal-gambling task force when authorities shut down Country Crossing--what center stage was in 2010.

 “Amounts to theft from citizens and I'm glad to see the attorney general is continuing the fight,” says Tyson.  Tyson says this ruling puts on paper what he's been saying for a long time--judges can't ignore Alabama Supreme Court precedent outlawing gambling.  Center Stage supporters say the order still leaves a burning question on the table.

“Number one issue is can you play bingo electronically in al and like the legislation we have that needs to be decided,” asks Ernie Hornsby with the Houston County Economic Development Association.  Earlier this year the Luther Strange filed suit against the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.  They run Wind Creek Casino in Atmore and two other Alabama Casinos.  Tyson says this order may help the attorney general in the Wind Creek Case.  Tyson says this fight was never about opposing gambling, but upholding state law as written. 

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