Bad odds at City Hall 

Five opponents and two friends. Those aren't good odds for Atlanta City Attorney Susan Pease Langford.

When CL hits the streets Wednesday, Langford will be before City Council's Finance Committee, home to five of Mayor Bill Campbell's toughest critics, to argue that the council should authorize spending $200,000 on the law firm Holland & Knight.

Without getting legislative go-ahead, Langford hired the lawyers to help with the ongoing federal investigation of the Campbell administration. So council will be in the familiar position of wagging its finger at the executive branch for something it should have been notified about in the first place. The difference this time is that the Finance Committee can prevent the city from spending any more money.

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