Monosyllabic Pedantry

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Reasons I don't live in Atlanta, # 562

Atlanta, others may vie for King papers

Sotheby's calls the collection, most of which had been stored for years in the basement of the home of King's widow, Coretta Scott King, "the most important American archive of the 20th century in private hands."
Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, who is backing the creation of a civil rights museum in Atlanta, said housing the papers away from the city would "rob the city of its heritage."

"This is a cheap city if it does not come up with enough money to keep that heritage here," Young said.

Sotheby's announced last week that it hoped to fetch between $15 million and the collection's appraised value of $30 million.

If they're so precious, why didn't Coretta donate them to the city? Because that whole family has been sucking blood from that stone since the 60's. I don't want my tax dollars going to keeping Martin III in $1000 suits.

Campbell arrives for sentencing

Former Atlanta mayor Bill Campbell, is scheduled to be sentenced on three counts of tax evasion and one count of defrauding his mayoral re-election campaign.
Campbell's lawyers are hoping the two-term mayor will receive probation, while federal prosecutors are pushing for U. S. District Judge Richard Story to give Campbell the maximum prison time allowed under federal guidelines.
"The mayor deserves probation," said one of his lawyers, Jerry Froelich, who arrived at the courthouse about 8:15.
Campbell's trial lasted two months. When jurors announced their verdict in March, they acquitted him of racketeering charges and taking thousands of dollars in kickbacks and bribes.
Both sides claimed victory.
During the trial, the jury heard from more than 70 witnesses. Campbell's personal life was tarred by two former girlfriends who testified about romantic trips and gambling junkets around the world that Campbell, who is married, paid for with wads of cash.
Probation would be a huge victory for the defense and a shattering defeat for the U.S. attorney's office, which, during its six-year-probe, convicted 10 people, including some of Campbell's closest friends who subsequently testified against him.Whether Campbell gets probation or prison depends on whether Story believes what a jury did not: that Campbell was guilty of corruption and took more than $160,000 in payoffs that he did not report on his taxes.

Atlanta had to double their property taxes to prop up the civil war era sewer system, all the while Campbell got rich off his grifting.

UPDATE: At least he got 30 months in the pokey. He is appealing even this wristslap, and in all likelihood won't see the inside of a cell.

Franklin wants probe of city credit card use

Atlanta's mayor has asked the city auditor and city attorney to investigate why the credit card account she shares with a handful of city employees has been billed for late payment and charges over the limit.

The corruption continues.


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