Judge confirms investigation over DeKalb case

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 10, 2014
DeKalb County Superior Court Judge C.J. Becker speaks at a Summer Gathering for the Decatur-based NewPower PAC. File Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

DeKalb County Superior Court Judge C.J. Becker speaks at a Summer Gathering for the Decatur-based NewPower PAC. File Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

A local judge has announced she will step down early next year and told the Daily Report that the state Judicial Qualifications Commission is investigating how she handled the DeKalb Schools corruption case.

Last year, DeKalb Superior Judge Cynthia Becker ignored a plea deal negotiated with former Superintendent Crawford Lewis for his testimony against two other former schools officials: Pat Reid and Tony Pope.

Pope and Reid were accused of being involved in a scheme to steer lucrative construction contracts to family members. Under the plea deal, Lewis was supposed to receive 12 months of probation, but Becker sentenced him to 12 months in jail because, according to the Daily Report, she didn’t believe his testimony.

That set off a chain of events that resulted in the Appeals Court vacating Lewis’ sentence and criticizing Becker for ignoring the plea deal, The Daily Report article says. The Daily Report previously reported that Becker is facing a JQC investigation, which Becker has confirmed.

She said she is leaving in early 2015, adding she has been planning to resign for some time because she is getting married.

To read the full Daily Report story, click here.

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  • Jim Dillon

    Was once a juror in Judge Becker’s courtroom. I was very impressed with her and felt I would be treated fairly if I ever had to appear before her under other circumstances.

    Incidentally, the Daily Report appears to be behind some sort of paywall . . . do you recommend subscribing?

    • I did. Subscribers can view a limited number of articles for free.

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