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Jury acquits former Atlanta mayor of corruption charges

[JURIST] After a day and half of deliberation a federal jury Friday found former mayor of Atlanta Bill Campbell [Wikipedia backgrounder] not guilty of racketeering, fraud and bribery charges, although he was found guilty on three counts of tax evasion. Campbell, mayor from 1994 to 2002, was charged [US DOJ indictment summary, PDF] two years later with taking bribes of more than $160,000 [JURIST report] in exchange for city contracts during his administration.

Campbell's indictment stemmed from a seven year corruption probe which later convicted 10 others from his administration. Campbell could receive to up to nine years in prison. No sentencing date has yet been set. AP has more.

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