Wednesday, March 1, 2006
This will be a historical moment in years ahead. Former Mayor Andrew Young taking the witness stand to testify for Former Mayor Bill Campbell in his criminal trial in federal court. (see prior post here) The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports here on Young's testimony as the first witness for the defense in the Campbell case. Young noted how everyone wants to be your friend when your in office as the mayor.
The prosecution probably made some points with some jurors when showing the difference between the trips taken by Campbell and those that Young took when he was mayor. Gambling jaunts versus going abroad to find business for the city of Atlanta is a different approach to the political office. But does this gambling conduct of Campbell amount to criminality? More importantly will some jurors empathize with Campbell after hearing the difficulties of the office from former Mayor Andrew Young, someone who is so well-respected by people in the city of Atlanta.