What’s missing from this story?
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — Former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell, who presided over the city’s economic renaissance of the 1990s, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months in prison and fined more than $6,000 for racketeering and tax evasion.
U.S. District Judge Richard Story praised Campbell, 53, for two decades of public service but said he could not ignore his crimes.
Campbell was convicted in March of a single racketeering count and three counts of tax evasion. He was cleared of charges he lined his pockets with payoffs from a contractor but was found guilty of failing to pay taxes on what prosecutors said was illegally obtained money. Campbell said the money was gambling winnings. (Watch the prosecutor explain the crimes — 3:19)
“Yes, Bill Campbell, you did good things, and there is a person in this room that recognizes this,” Story said, referring to himself. He cited Campbell’s work in improving public housing in Atlanta as an example.
But the judge added that during the trial he “was overcome, almost appalled, at the breadth of misconduct in your administration.”
“I am going to send you to prison,” Story told Campbell, who was mayor for eight years and served for 12 years on the City Council. Campbell must also settle with the Internal Revenue Service for $62,823 in taxes he failed to pay.
Story said the punishment was harsher than it might have been because Campbell had not been honest during a pre-sentencing investigation.
Read the entire article … do you see anywhere it mentions his party affiliation? As of this writing, Campbell’s party affiliation is not mentioned.
Campbell is a Democrat.
If the LATimes can mention his party affiliation (and I believe the NYT has in the past as well) why can’t CNN?
As a sidenote, here’s a little insight into Campbell’s thinking on racial issues:
“Everybody who is a person of color in this country has benefited from affirmative action. There has not been anybody who has gotten into college on their own, nobody who’s gotten a job on their own, no one who’s prospered as a businessman or a businesswoman on their own without affirmative action.”
Campbell has also called the fight to keep affirmative action programs “[the black community’s] Selma. This is our Birmingham. This is our march across the Edmond Pettis Bridge.”
If race-bating were a crime, this guy would have been in jail long before these latest charges caught up with him.
Hat tip: Voxy