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Report: Local judge accused of misconduct

DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Becker. File Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
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DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Becker. File Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Becker. File Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Prosecutors are ratcheting up the pressure on a local judge over her conduct in 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. Becker said earlier this week that she intends to resign and confirmed she is being investigated by the state Judicial Qualifications Commission.

A report in the Atlanta Journal Constitution says that prosecutors are now alleging that Becker coordinated with Reid and Pope’s attorneys. The AJC says Becker called the attorneys and told them about she could give their clients new trials, but she didn’t contact the DeKalb County District Attorney’s office.

To read the full story from the AJC, click here.

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