TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Attorney General Troy King says he plans to take over the governor's task force on illegal gambling. King announced his plan at a news conference Monday afternoon.
He said he has written task force Commander John Tyson to relieve him of his duties and ask that any evidence collected by the task force be turned over to him within 24 hours.
Tyson said earlier he would challenge any takeover by the attorney general. Tyson said a pending case in the Alabama Supreme Court would allow the challenge to be expedited.
King has been critical of the task force's attempts to raid electronic bingo casinos without a search warrant.
REACTIONS TO THE TAKEOVER
VICTORYLAND WINS BIG RULING
WSFA 12 News has confirmed that a Macon County judge has ruled on a dispute over the powers of the governor's task force on illegal gambling. The court hearing ended earlier in the day over whether a judge should extend a court order blocking a raid on the VictoryLand casino by that task force.
The judge stayed the restraining order in the case, something District Attorney E. Paul Jones says is permanent. A higher court could overturn the decision, however.