Task Force asks for judge's removal from Greenetrack case

Posted by Chase Tidwell

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Governor Bob Riley's Task Force on Illegal Gambling has appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court to have Judge Eddie Hardaway removed from the case involving the Greenetrack gaming facility.

The Task Force has asked that another judge be assigned to the case that will, "administer justice impartially and without any appearance of impropriety," the appeal filing states.

Governor Riley's office says that for the third time, Judge Hardaway has issued an order directing state troopers and other law enforcement officers to leave the Greenetrack property.

The Supreme Court ruled that judges can't enjoin law enforcement from enforcing the law and seizing illegal gambling devices. Monday, the Supreme Court specifically mentioned that Judge Hardaway's "court has no jurisdiction to enjoin law enforcement from discharge of its duties," the Task Force said.

"The officers have complied with the judge's order, even thought the judge's order is absolutely in violation of the Supreme Court of Alabama," said John Tyson, Jr., Commander of the Governor's Task Force on Illegal Gambling.

"We have asked the Supreme Court to remove Judge Hardaway because he has shown he is unwilling to follow the Supreme Court's orders in this case," said Jeff Emerson, Communications Director for Governor Bob Riley.  "His continued defiance of the Supreme Court is just another example of the lawlessness that gambling breeds."

INFORMATION SOURCE: Governor Bob Riley's Press Office

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