ATLANTA—A federal judge Thursday rejected former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell’s request to remain free pending appeal of his tax evasion conviction and sentence. Judge Richard Story ordered Campbell to begin serving his two-and-a-half years in prison within three weeks.
Campbell was sentenced June 13th after being convicted in March of three counts of tax evasion. He was also fined $6,300 and must pay almost $63,000 in back taxes.
The former mayor was acquitted of federal bribery and racketeering charges. Prosecutors claimed Campbell lined his pockets with payoffs from city contractors as leader of Atlanta during the 1990s.
In his motion for bond pending appeal, Campbell’s attorneys argued that his sentence could have been incorrectly calculated and that the disqualification of one of his attorneys prior to his trial would be grounds for appeal. The judge disagreed.
Mawuli Davis, an attorney for Campbell, said the defense team is still confident of getting the conviction reversed.