more on our boy Bill

The AJC has posted the indictment text. I would have rather accessed it from a court site, but apparently the Northern District of Georgia court charges $.07 per page downloaded, so thanks, AJC.

(If there’s a real demand for it, we could probably create an atlanta-metblog login for the AJC site.)

Depending on your point of view, it is either a shame or a relief that Neal Boortz is apparently too preoccupied with the RNC to crow. (At least it seems from his website; I don’t actually listen to The Boortz, since I don’t need my blood pressure that high first thing in the morning.)

As for the indictment itself: if Campbell was this obviously corrupt — even saying to a guy who was (allegedly) slipping him cash under the table to secure an otherwise-unbid Y2K contract, “No one else can know about this” — why did it take so long to return an indictment? Did they just need to wait for the right people to talk? Actually, now that I think of it, they probably wanted to make sure they had every i dotted and t crossed before returning the indictment. After about Year 3 passed and they still didn’t have anything to return, at some point one federal prosecutor may have said to another, “If it takes five years, it takes five years, but let’s not rush it.”

Mayor Franklin says she is “shocked and dismayed” by the indictment. I think Sister Shirley’s doing a pretty good job overall, but if she’s shocked, I’m the long-lost Queen of Latvia.

Finally: if you’re willing to put up with a fairly conservative approach, the last third of Someone Else’s House, by Tamar Jacoby, is worth a read. (It’s a look at post-1960s city governments in New York, Detroit, and Atlanta; I think it came out in 1998 or so.) One of Jacoby’s theses as regards to Atlanta is that the bureaucracy that evolved to encourage minority-owned businesses, especially at the revived Underground, ended up abetting corruption and incompetence. I think she’d call Campbell’s indictment evidence of more of the same — but it’s been a while since I’ve read the Atlanta section.

And, of course, innocent until proven guilty in effect here: all we have are a bunch of allegations, and you can be certain Campbell’s attorneys will be working overtime to disprove every last one.

3 Comments so far

  1. Jessica (unregistered) on August 31st, 2004 @ 6:34 pm

    It occurred to me after I posted this that the use of “boy” in the post title was probably not the wisest decision. For the record, it’s a reference to the “Soliloquy” in the musical “Carousel”:

    Bill… My boy Bill

    I will see that he is named after me, I will.

    My boy, Bill! He’ll be tall

    And tough as a tree, will Bill!

    Like a tree he’ll grow

    With his head held high

    And his feet planted firm on the ground

    And you won’t see nobody dare to try

    To boss or toss him around!

    Full lyrics here:

    My apologies if anyone took offense.

  2. Steve (unregistered) on August 31st, 2004 @ 11:34 pm

    Thanks, Jessica. I almost said something then I thought about it and figured you might notice yourself. I knew what you were getting at, but it wouldn’t necessarily be obvious to the casual reader. Good catch n’ save.

  3. Meridian (unregistered) on August 17th, 2005 @ 1:30 pm


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