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Judge's ruling blocks bingo raids statewide, lawyers say
Friday, March 5, 2010 at 7:52:13 PM
A temporary restraining order that allowed VictoryLand bingo casino in Macon County to reopen Friday blocks the governor's task force from taking action at any bingo casino anywhere in the state unless the local district attorney requests its assistance, lawyers said.
The order came from a lawsuit filed by the Macon County district attorney and sheriff questioning the authority of task force commander John Tyson, who also serves as district attorney in Mobile County, to act outside of Mobile County.
Circuit Judge Tom Young issued the order Friday afternoon directing that Tyson and the task force take no action to "unsurp" the authority of a district attorney in any county, other than Mobile County, unless the local district attorney requests their assistance.
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