Governor mum on meeting with Attorney General

By Bob Howell - WSFA 12 News Anchor -

(Montgomery) - Two days after a private, one-on-one meeting with Alabama's Attorney General, Governor Bob Riley remains mum on the outcome of the talk with King.  They met Wednesday to talk about electronic bingo in the state and the governor's Task Force on Illegal Gambling.

As he left the meeting in the Governor's office in the state capitol, King described the meeting as productive.

While not commenting specifically on his meeting with King, Governor Riley told WSFA 12 News he still believes the machines are illegal.

Mr. Riley said, "The Supreme Court has already ruled that they are illegal." He continued, "They ruled twice in the last few months that they are absolutely illegal. You have to mentally think. You have to physically mark. Anyone has looked at this machines. It's got nothing to do with bingo. They are slot machines."

A Jefferson County Circuit Judge has given Attorney General King until March 22nd to officially state his position in the state's case against the Whitehall Gaming Center in Lowndes County.

The judge also ruled that King has the authority over prosecuting gambling cases in the state....rather than the governor.