Alabama governor sued over gambling in Macon, Greene Counties

MONTGOMERY, AL - Several public officials and residents from Greene and Macon counties have gone to federal court to try to block any more raids by the governor's gambling task force at
Greenetrack and Victoryland.

The suit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Birmingham accuses Governor Bob Riley and task force commander John Tyson of nullifying votes by the citizens of Macon and Greene counties to
approve electronic bingo. It also accuses Riley of discriminating against African-American citizens.

The plaintiffs include members of the Greene and Macon county commissions, state Sen. Bobby Singleton and state Rep. A.J. McCampbell.

Riley's spokesman, Jeff Emerson, said the task force has enforced gambling laws statewide and hasn't targeted any group. He also says the suit mischaracterizes the votes because they only
authorized ordinary bingo games.

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