Lawyers in the corruption case of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis wrapped up two days of contentious pretrial hearings Tuesday. Much of the debate centered on what would be allowed as evidence in the upcoming trial.
Ellis' attorneys continued to argue District Attorney Robert James is politically motivated and should be removed from the case due to prosecutorial misconduct. They also said secretly captured audio and video of Ellis should be inadmissible because it was taken without his consent.
A pretrial hearing took place Monday in the public corruption case against suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis.
Ellis faces 14 felony charges alleging he shook down county contractors for campaign contributions.
At the hearing, Ellis’ attorneys argued District Attorney Robert James should be disqualified from prosecuting the case due to misconduct issues. They said James is politically motivated and may be withholding secretly captured video of Ellis.
Attorneys for suspended DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis spent the last two days trying to get the corruption case against him thrown out of court.
Defense attorneys say charges against Ellis should be dropped because Ellis has not been afforded the rights of a peace officer. That includes the right to attend the grand jury proceedings that led to his indictment.
Suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis and his attorneys mounted a fierce attack on county District Attorney Robert James in a pretrial hearing Thursday.
Ellis is accused of pressuring potential county contractors to contribute to his re-election campaign in order to do business with the county. Ellis has accused the district attorney of illegally videotaping him as part of the investigation—something James has denied.
The unsealed grand jury report that lead to the indictment of suspended DeKalb county CEO Burrell Ellis also questions the need for DeKalb county to have a CEO. DeKalb county residents are beginning to weigh in
A highly-anticipated special grand jury report looking into alleged corruption in DeKalb County has been unsealed. It implicates suspended CEO Burrell Ellis, who is preparing for trial. The report also calls for further investigation into several past and present county officials, as well as abolishing DeKalb's CEO form of government.
The report was actually completed in January. Since then, Ellis and his attorneys have fought to keep it from public view.
A state review panel is recommending the governor suspend indicted DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis.
Gov. Nathan Deal now has the authority to decide whether to follow the panel’s recommendation or allow Ellis to remain in office. A Deal spokesman says the governor will make a decision by the end of this week.
The three-member panel issued the recommendation after hearing from both sides of the case Monday morning.
Gov. Nathan Deal has named a three-member panel which will determine if DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis should be suspended from office.
Attorney Sam Olens will serve on the panel along with Clayton County Commission Chairman Jeff Turner and Rockdale County Commission Chairman Richard Oden.
By state law, the three-member panel that will recommend whether Ellis stays in office while he is under indictment must be composed of the Attorney General and two public officials who hold the same office as the individual indicted.
DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis was indicted last week on 15 counts including extortion, theft and conspiracy. Aleck Ragsdale went to the Decatur Square over the weekend to ask DeKalb residents for their thoughts.
UPDATE 6:10 p.m. -- WABE's Jonathan Shapiro has just filed an audio report on the indictment, which is posted above. Also, we have received a copy of the indictment (PDF), which has been posted to our web site.
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis was indicted by a grand jury today, according to the DeKalb County District Attorney’s office.
The DeKalb County Police department is getting a new police chief. County CEO Burrell Ellis appointed Cedric Alexander to the lead the embattled department this morning. Alexander has a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and previously served as Chief of the Rochester Police Department and as a police officer in Miami.
DeKalb County Commissioners will face tough choices as they begin weighing how to balance the 2013 budget Tuesday.
As a result of declining property tax revenue and the incorporation of the city of Brookhaven, commissioners will have to consider spending cuts or a potential property tax rate increase proposed by DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis. The 1.9 percent millage rate increase would cost almost $49 more per year for owners of a $200,000 home. But Commissioner Jeff Rader is hoping to avoid that increase.
DeKalb commissioner Elaine Boyer said she’s reserving judgment until the process plays out.
“Of course you’re surprised and shocked and no one wants to hear or see anything about it. And I’m going to hope for the best that the CEO is not responsible for these things. No one wants to see that.”
DeKalb County residents could see a slight increase in their property taxes. The more than $562 million dollar budget proposed for 2013 by DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis includes a 1.69 increase to the county’s millage rate.
County officials say that’s nearly $49 more a year for owners of a $200,000 dollar home in unincorporated DeKalb County. But Ellis says even with an increase most county homeowners will pay less in taxes than they did in 2008