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Former judge Cynthia Becker agrees not to seek judicial office again

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Former judge Cynthia Becker agrees not to seek judicial office again

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

Former DeKalb County Superior judge Cynthia Becker has agreed not to seek judicial office again in exchange for a special prosecutor dismissing felony charges against her, according to the Daily Report.

Becker also apologized for making incorrect statements to the Judicial Qualifications Commission pertaining to its investigation of her conduct as judge. Becker had been indicted for those statements, according to the Daily Report. To read the full story (subscription required), click here.

Becker left her post this year and was replaced by Decatur resident and attorney Jean-Paul “JP” Boulee. She got into hot water after she ignored a plea deal negotiated with former DeKalb County Schools superintendent Crawford Lewis for his testimony against two other former schools officials: Pat Reid and Tony Pope.

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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 has provided thorough and timely reporting of this issue. To read more Daily Report stories, click here.

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