Judge denies suspended CEO's request to disqualify DeKalb DA - CBS46 News

Judge denies suspended CEO's request to disqualify DeKalb district attorney

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After two days of hearings, DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Courtney Johnson denied suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis' motion to disqualify District Attorney Robert James from prosecuting him.

Johnson also rejected defense attorneys' attempts to toss out Ellis' testimony he gave to the special grand jury and evidence investigators seized from his home and office.

Ellis faces a 14-count felony indictment. He's accused of threatening vendors to donate to his campaign or lose county business.

Ellis denies any wrongdoing and claims the charges are politically motivated.

Johnson said she will issue rulings on other outstanding motions by the end of the week.

Ellis' trial is set to begin June 2.

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