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DeKalb County Reinstates Burrell Ellis As CEO

Dec 12, 2016
DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis, with his wife Philippa, and defense attorney Craig Gillen, speaks during a press conference Thursday for the first time since he was convicted a year and a half ago following a second trial in DeKalb County.
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Formerly suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis has been returned to his position. 

Ellis, whose attempted extortion and perjury convictions were overturned by the Georgia Supreme Court in November, was reinstated immediately following the county receiving the necessary paperwork from the high court.

According to a legal opinion released Friday by DeKalb County Attorney O.V. Brantley, the overturning of his conviction required the county to reinstate Ellis. 

DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis hugs his wife Philippa. He spoke out Thursday with his defense attorney Craig Gillen, for the first time since he was convicted a year and a half ago following a second trial in DeKalb County.
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Friday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis, with his wife Philippa, and defense attorney Craig Gillen, speaks during a press conference Thursday for the first time since he was convicted a year and a half ago following a second trial in DeKalb County.
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Suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis spoke out on Thursday for the first time since he was convicted a year and a half ago following a second trial in DeKalb County.

This is after the State Supreme Court reversed Ellis' corruption convictions.  He is accused of pressuring vendors for campaign contributions.

Ellis thanked his supporters, family and legal team during the “unimaginably horrific journey.”

Embattled DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis is led out of the courtroom after he was sentenced to 5 years to serve 18 months in prison Wednesday July 8, 2015.
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The Supreme Court of Georgia is set to hear an appeal this Monday from DeKalb County's former chief executive officer.

Lawyers for Burrell Ellis say the justices should reverse his convictions because of errors during his trial. Ellis is convicted of perjury and an attempt to commit theft by extortion for pressuring a county contractor to donate to his campaign.

The justices will hear a long list of cases over the next two weeks.

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