Alabama Supreme Court sides with Governor Riley on gambling

MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - It's a big win for Governor Bob Riley and the illegal gambling task force.

The Alabama Supreme Court, in a Friday ruling, sided with Governor Riley in a long dispute over who has the power to enforce the state's laws against gambling.  Governor Riley has accused Attorney General Troy King of not enforcing the law.  King has accused the governor's task force of using "scare tactics" to shut down gaming halls.

"The counsel authorized by the Governor have the right to represent the State in this case and to see it through to completion," justices wrote in the opinion, which you can read by clicking here.

Governor Riley's office issued this statement late Friday evening.

"This ruling clears the way for Alabama's laws against slot-machine gambling to be enforced across the State," said Governor Bob Riley.  "This is a clear, complete and total victory for the rule of law."

FOX 6 News has learned that Attorney General King's office may not respond until Monday.