Friday, March 10, 2006
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports here that the jury in the trial of former Mayor Bill Campbell returned a verdict of guilty on the tax charges and not guilty on the racketeering and bribery charges. This is a big loss for the government as they spent an enormous amount of time and effort in trying to prove a case of corruption against the former mayor, a case that just wasn't there. The AJC states that the tax loss was "$147,000." It is hard to imagine that the six year investigation on Bill Campbell and the trial in this case cost less than that amount. Will this really deter people? Was this prosecution worth it?