well at least it wasn’t in a MARTA bathroom

from the ajc today

Ed Wall, MARTA’s outspoken board chairman, has been charged with public indecency for receiving oral sex and fondling himself in a bathroom at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, according to police reports.

Wall, a married father of three, apparently met a 25-year-old man from Indianapolis on the Internet and arranged to meet at the airport, police said. The two men engaged in oral sex in a handicapped bathroom stall late Tuesday afternoon, but they left the door slightly ajar and were seen by an undercover officer, according to reports.

now here is my question. i would imagine that if you are the chairman of marta you have to have a few dollars in the bank. now a quick check of expedia shows a room available today at the econo lodge at the airport for $44. so assuming that the marta chairman is guilty he shouldn’t really lose his job for engaging in the activity itself in my opinion (i’m a laissez-faire, live-and-let-live kinda guy,) but rather for doing it in an AIRPORT BATHROOM. geez, couldn’t he have waited 15 minutes and made his way to a hotel?

perhaps he was motivated by the humpty-hump and wanted to out do the guy who ‘once got busy in a bruger king bathroom.’

of course he vigourously denies the allegations, or at least his attorney does –

Wall’s lawyer, Steve Sadow, said Wall has been “falsely accused.”

“He is innocent and did not commit any crime,” Sadow said. “This false and malicious allegation is a direct affront to chairman Wall’s good reputation, and he intends to vigorously defend himself in the court of law and the court of public opinion.”

then again his attorney is also the guy who described steve kaplan of gold club fame as “a legitimate, hard-working businessman.”

ah yes, should have known steve sadow would show up in this case. it has everything he looks for; sex and important or famous people. oh yeah and lots of media coverage. the only real question is how did he block bruce harvey out?

oh and where did the alleged perpetrators of this crime meet?

Wall and Pettry both said they met a day or two earlier on craigslist.com, a free Internet advertising service

ah, craigslist. your gifts to society are so vast we should build you a monument

10 Comments so far

  1. Annie (unregistered) on March 15th, 2007 @ 10:18 am

    I am also a live and let live kind of gal, but I think oral sex in a public place is a little offensive.

    Do you really think it is okay for him to be in there doing that kind of thing when my three year old son and husband might be walking in to go potty before their plane leaves?

    I disagree – They should fire his ass.

    I don’t care what or who he does in private, but sex acts in a public bathroom? Not really a big fan of seeing it on my bathroom break.

    And I think marta has every right to fire the guy. How late Tuesday afternoon did this occur? Because I am guessing that Wall should have been at work on Tuesday afternoon, not diddling his friend in an airport bathroom.

  2. james (unregistered) on March 15th, 2007 @ 10:23 am

    oh sorry you missed my point and i think i wasn’t clear. of course he should lose his job if he was doing this sort of thing in public. i wouldn’t want my daughter seeing this either and that’s why it’s illegal.

    i meant that i could care less whether he is having oral sex with men he met on the internet; that’s his business; he should lose his job for doing it in an airport bathroom.

    we are 100% in agreement on this.

  3. james (unregistered) on March 15th, 2007 @ 10:26 am

    oooh, i just realized i didn’t finish my thought there. i’ve edited it.


  4. atlkortez (unregistered) on March 15th, 2007 @ 10:47 am

    Besides the obvious fact that it was just wrong to be doing this in a public bathroom, but in the handicapped stall? C’mon. And who leaves the door slightly open? I dont like to use the stalls when I can bolt lock the door.

  5. Annie (unregistered) on March 15th, 2007 @ 11:47 am

    Gotcha, James. I think I just misunderstood you the first time around.

  6. Rashid Z. Muhammad (unregistered) on March 15th, 2007 @ 2:33 pm

    Keeping him on is exactly the worst thing that could happen as MARTA is trying to expand into areas that vehemently frown on this precise thing.

  7. Jason (unregistered) on March 15th, 2007 @ 9:39 pm

    Can MARTA actually get rid of him? A few years ago when the member from Gwinnett was caught taking money from the company that ended up losing the Breeze contract, MARTA couldn’t get rid of him. They asked the Gwinnett County Commission to remove him but they refused (and probably had a chuckle about the wrench they were throwing into the works). There was talk of having the legislature pass a law that would let the board remove one of their members but I don’t know if it ever passed. I do know the member from Gwinnett was eventually removed after he was arrested for not paying his child support so the new law, whether it was passed or not, was not required in the end.

    The AJC mentioned that Wall was appointed by Vernon Jones, who while many think he is slimy, he is also a smart enough politician to know how it would look in his county if he lets Wall remain on the board as DeKalb’s representative.

  8. Jim (unregistered) on March 16th, 2007 @ 10:07 am

    After moving to Atlanta a couple years ago, nothing, not even this allegation surprises me in the least. If he’s found guilty and NOT immediately dismissed from his position at MARTA, Virginia’s going to be looking awfully nice again.

  9. Mack (unregistered) on March 17th, 2007 @ 8:49 am

    I’m tired of seeing people that my tax dollars pay, not setting a good example for our children. MARTA operates from tax dollars just as our legislators do. Clean up you act’s ladies and gentlemen or you could all be looking for another job.

  10. Spartan (unregistered) on March 17th, 2007 @ 2:27 pm

    Sad truth is that this is old news for Wall. It is not the first time he has been caught doing the exact same thing (hooking up with guys from the internet). Plenty of electronic evidence then, and transcripts. He does not care for his family & kids and what it does to them (again), so he certainly is not going to care about anyone else’s kids. This is not a secret to people who know him.

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