Head of Anti-Gambling Task Force ResignsPublished January 23, 2010 by OCR Editor
In a twist of irony, Barber steps down as task force leader after hitting jackpot.
The commander of Governor Bob Riley's Task Force on Illegal Gambling, David Barber, has announced his intention to resign following his confession that he hit a jackpot in a Mississippi casino.
He may have won the jackpot, but is criticized for hypocrisy and poor judgment, not to mention being mocked for the irony this publicity has earned him.
Despite the fact that he won the $2,300 prize playing in a legal venue on a legal game, Barber has nevertheless decided to step down from the post. In a letter addressed to Riley he states that "I am convinced that the forces that operate illegal casinos in Alabama will focus on my actions as part of their continuing effort to smear you and your Task Force."
Riley has accepted Barber's resignation.
The purpose of the highly controversial task force
is to investigate and combat gambling in Alabama.