1:02pm

Tue March 16, 2010
WVAS Local

Ala court to decide fate of anti gambling task force

Montgomery, AL – - The Alabama Supreme Court is considering arguments over whether the task force's
commander, Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson, has legal
authority in the post.
A Macon County judge blocked the task force March 5 by ruling
that Tyson only has authority in Mobile County. Circuit Judge Tom
Young's order allowed VictoryLand in Macon County to reopen.
Tyson appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court. He argued that a
civil court ruling couldn't interfere with a criminal investigation
into illegal gambling.
Attorneys for Macon County officials filed a brief Monday saying
Tyson had no authority to appeal to the Supreme Court. They said
the attorney general is the only one who can represent the state's
interests before the Supreme Court.