The former chief of staff of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis took the witness stand Friday in Ellis’ corruption trial. Hakim Hilliard told jurors he raised ethics concerns to Ellis about canceling a vendor contract shortly after Ellis unsuccessfully attempted to solicit a campaign donation from the vendor.
Ellis is accused of shaking down vendors for campaign contributions.
Day three of testimony in the corruption trial of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis centered on more witness testimony claiming Ellis pressured them to donate to his re-election campaign.
Ellis is accused of shaking down county vendors for campaign contributions. He has denied all wrongdoing.
DeKalb vendor Greg Shealey, a co-owner of the Lithonia-based National Property Institute, took the witness stand and said he felt forced to donate to Ellis’ re-election campaign, or else lose his contract with the county.
Lawyers in Burrell Ellis’ corruption trial delivered opening statements Tuesday in a DeKalb County court room. It comes 15 months after the suspended DeKalb CEO was indicted on felony charges of bribery, extortion, and theft.
Speaking to a jury of ten women and two men, DeKalb prosecutor Lawanda Hodges said Ellis used his position as CEO to solicit campaign contributions, retaliate against those who didn’t give, then lied about it afterward.
"Power. Punishment. Perjury. That, members of the jury, is what the evidence will show you this case is all about," said Hodges.
The DeKalb County ethics board Tuesday launched investigations into two more county commissioners over alleged misuse of county-issued credit cards. One commissioner is already under investigation.
The board voted to investigate thousands of dollars of charges by Commissioners Sharon Barnes Sutton and Commissioner Larry Johnson, as well as an aide to Barnes Sutton. Both commissioners say the purchases in question were for legitimate government business.
The DeKalb County Board of Ethics is moving forward with two separate ethics complaints against suspended county CEO Burrell Ellis. He also faces criminal corruption charges. Ellis's trial is scheduled to begin in early September.
The DeKalb Ethics Board will move forward with complaints against County Commissioner Elaine Boyer and suspended CEO Burrell Ellis.
The board approved investigation of two different complaints against Ellis. One relates to the criminal corruption case against him. The other alleges Ellis conspired with Director of Finance Joel Gottlieb and then-Director of Watershed Management Francis Kung’U to prevent accurate reading of water use at a condominium complex in Clarkston.
The agenda for Thursday night's DeKalb County Board of Ethics meeting included complaints against the county’s suspended CEO, the acting CEO and a county commissioner.
A newly-reconstituted board will address those complaints and several others. This time last year, the DeKalb’s Ethics Board could barely meet, as it had only four of seven positions filled. But now there is a full complement, chaired by attorney John Ernst.
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.