Task Force seeks access to sealed evidence

MONTGOMERY, AL  - Governor Bob Riley's Task Force on Illegal Gambling is seeking access to potential evidence in a federal court lawsuit alleging bribery and racketeering in connection with Macon County gambling.

The Task Force Tuesday filed a motion seeking access to potential evidence gathered in a federal court lawsuit entitled Hope for Families & Community Services, Inc. v. David Warren, Sheriff of Macon County, Milton McGregor, and Macon County Greyhound Park, Inc. doing business as VictoryLand, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. 

The Task Force said much of the information it is looking for is contained in sealed court records. According to the governor's office the complaint filed by Hope for Families contains detailed allegations "of conspiracies among the named defendants to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act in the manner in which so-called 'electronic bingo' has been operated and regulated in Macon County." 

The Task Force wants access to the sealed parts of the record for enforcement of state laws pertaining to illegal gambling.

"We simply believe the Task Force and the public have a right to see the evidence that forms the basis of these allegations," said Tyson.  "If Mr. McGregor has nothing to hide, then presumably he will not object."