Originally created 08/04/06

Former Atlanta mayor must report to prison, judge says



ATLANTA - A federal judge on Thursday rejected former Mayor Bill Campbell's request to remain free pending appeal of his tax evasion conviction and ordered him to start serving his 2-year prison sentence.

Mr. Campbell "has not shown the existence of a substantial question likely to result in reversal, a new trial or a reduction in his sentence," District Judge Richard W. Story wrote.

The judge's deputy, Rick Goss, said Mr. Campbell has until Aug. 21 to report to federal prison, though the location has not yet been determined.

Mr. Campbell was convicted in March. He was acquitted of federal bribery and racketeering charges stemming from accusations that he lined his pockets with payoffs from city contractors during the 1990s.

At his sentencing in June, he was fined $6,300 and ordered to pay $62,823 in back taxes.

Mr. Campbell's attorneys argued that his sentence could have been incorrectly calculated and that the disqualification of one of his attorneys before his trial would be grounds for appeal. The judge disagreed.

"We're disappointed, but we're not surprised," said attorney Mawuli Davis.