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MARTA boardmember,
Wall, pleads no contest

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

Edmond Wall, a former investment advisor to the Clayton County government, pleaded nolo contendere Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge of public indecency.

The charge stemmed from an incident in a public restroom at Houlihan's Restaurant, located at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on March 13, 2007.

According to court documents, a plain-clothed officer observed Wall allegedly participating in a sex act with Michael Pettry, 26, who pleaded nolo contendere Feb. 19, to a public indecency charge in the case.

Wall, 45, who is currently a board member for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), made the plea Tuesday in Clayton County State Court before Judge John Carbo, according to Clayton County Solicitor General Tasha Mosley.

Wall was sentenced to pay a $500 fine, complete 64 hours of community service, 12 months of probation, and counseling, according to Mosley.

Mosley said Wall showed verification in court that he had already completed the counseling. "The probation will be suspended,once he completes the community service and pays the fine," said Mosley.

Mosley said prior to the plea, Wall would have faced a jury trial this month. Wall could have faced a maximum fine of $1,000, and a maximum of 12 months in jail or on probation, according to Mosley.

Wall had pleaded not guilty to the charge in March.

"He decided to avoid the ordeal of a trial," said Wall's attorney, Steve Frey. "We had discussed this case with the present administration, Tasha Mosley," he said. "We consented to the disposition proposed by the prosecution, and in that disposition, it did not involve, nor require of Mr. Wall that he admit any guilt, nor would this disposition result in a criminal conviction," said Frey.

"I'm happy it's over with," said Mosley. "It's one of those cases that I inherited. He [Wall] did this in '07. When I took office this January, '09, it was still there," she said.

"I'm glad we were able to get it done within the first six months of my office with minimal cost to the taxpayers of Clayton County," said Mosley.

Wall was arrested on the day of the incident and was freed on a $2,000 bond.

Pettry was sentenced to 12 months probation, a $500 fine, and 64 hours of community service.