Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Despite being found not guilty of all but the tax counts, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports here that the government seems to be trying to use something on a verdict form (not sure exacly what from the story) as a basis for increasing the sentence that former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell might receive at his upcoming sentencing. It seems that although the jury found him "not guilty" on the RICO count, they made an indication of a mail fraud predicate act. RICO requires two predicate acts, and also requires continuity plus relationship of the acts involved. Absent these elements there is no RICO. And in the meantime, Campbell is arguing for a reversal of his conviction.