Former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell has told his story on radio, television, in newspapers and before church congregations. But he won’t tell it to the jury. Despite his frequent expressions of willingness – if not eagerness – to tell his story in court, Campbell said Monday that he will not take the witness stand in his own defense at his federal corruption trial, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Outside the courtroom, Campbell said he reached the decision after the prosecutors refused to agree not to ask him about his personal life. “I desperately wanted to testify,” said Campbell, who has met nearly daily with reporters to give his assessment of the trial and had said repeatedly that he planned to testify. “I wanted to tell the jury my story. They wanted to continue the character assassination, but I am not going to subject my family to further damage.” The ex-mayor is on trial in federal court on charges that he used his office to extract bribes from contractors seeking business with the city.