Saturday, January 14, 2006
The trial of former Mayor Bill Campbell starts this Tuesday with jury selection. Charges against him include racketeering. (see post)
Attorney Jerry Froelich, one of Campbells' counsel, spoke this past Saturday at a conference of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL) Conference on the topic of "Preparing for a Federal Criminal Trial." Although Froelich, a well respected Atlanta criminal defense attorney and member of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, did not speak about defense strategy in Campbell's upcoming trial, he did state that the court was using a jury questionnaire with 160 questions. One has to imagine that this will be a very difficult jury to pick as the case is being heard in Atlanta and it might be hard for people not to have heard of the former mayor or have opinions about him.
Perhaps one of the most bothersome aspects of this case is the long investigation prior to an indictment. As previously noted, a key witness for Campbell is now deceased. (see post here)