The smooth-talking investment banker and former MARTA board chair, busted for having sex with another man in a restroom at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport two years ago, pleaded no contest to a single count of public indecency last week. The move short-circuited a trial that was scheduled to start on Monday.
A no contest plea means Wall didn’t admit guilt, but that’s quite a change from a defiant Wall in the days after the arrest, proclaiming his innocence and promising to clear his name and reputation.
His sentence included 12 months of probation, a $500 fine and 64 hours of community service, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. But the arrest proved even more costly to Wall, who resigned his chairmanship of the MARTA board, though he remains a member, and was fired as Clatyon County’s financial adviser.
A jury trial for Wall was scheduled to start Monday. However, Wall plead no contest to one count of public indecency last week, canceling the trial, attorney Keith Martin said.
“Ed admitted no guilt and decided to get this over with,” Martin said Monday. “This thing has been hanging over his head for 27 months, clouding business and clouding his life.”
Wall, 45, entered the plea under the state’s first offender program, which means a guilty verdict will not appear on his record if he follows the law for a year, Martin said.