"You only hear about this kind of thing in movies," said William Perry, head of Georgia Ethics Watchdogs. "For this to happen in real life shows that there are some pretty desperate people trying to keep this quiet. And obviously, it could be people with political futures."
Charging documents filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta this week say Mitchell conspired with someone in the construction industry to pay bribes to another unnamed person connected to the city. The documents say Mitchell believed some of the money would go to one or more city officials with influence over government contracts.