The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday suspended the legal license of Bill Campbell, the former mayor of Atlanta. The state high court called the move “tantamount to disbarment.”
In March, Campbell was convicted of three counts of tax evasion. He was acquitted of bribery and racketeering charges.
Campbell voluntarily surrendered his license after he was sentenced in March to 2 1/2 years in prison for tax evasion, though the ruling said his license could be reinstated if the conviction is overturned.
A former two-term mayor, Campbell presided over Atlanta during a generally prosperous time in the 1990s when the city hosted the 1996 Summer Olympics and the skyline bloomed. He also became the target of a yearslong federal investigation into corruption at Atlanta City Hall, which also led to the conviction of 10 of Campbell’s subordinates.
During the trial, prosecutors tried to prove that Campbell had taken more than $160,000 in illegal campaign contributions, cash payments, junkets and home improvements from city contractors while he was mayor from 1994 to 2002.