Governor Riley appoints new Illegal Gambling Task Force leader

MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - Gov. Bob Riley's new leader of his Illegal Gambling Task Force has a word of warning for the owner of the Victoryland.

On Monday, Riley named Mobile District Attorney John Tyson as the new head of the task force. Riley wants the group to continue to target illegal electronic gambling operations in the state. "I think the people of this state realize we have a quality of life here we don't want to see deteriorate," Riley said.

Tyson says it comes down to the rule of law what is legal or illegal in Alabama. "The electronic bingo devices we have here are nothing more than slot machines and slot machines are illegal in Alabama," Tyson said.
           
TV ads continue to run across the state attacking Riley for putting Barber in charge of the task force after it was revealed Barber won gaming revenue in Mississippi. Victoryland owner Milton McGregor told Fox6 News he hired professionals to follow Barber after hearing rumors of the casino trips. "I have watched with great disgust the hypocrisy and dishonesty of Governor Bob Riley and, here lately, David Barber," McGregor said.
             
Tyson, at his news conference, said he has not been to a casino in decades but the Mobile D-A questions McGregor's intent hiring someone to follow the last task force leader, David Barber.

"I think Mr. McGregor needs to be concerned whether or not he is going to intimidate law enforcement from doing their job. I think it borders on obstruction. I think we are going to take a look at that immediately," Tyson said.