Burrell Ellis back on the stand in corruption trial - CBS46 News

Burrell Ellis back on the stand in corruption trial

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Burrell Ellis was back in the hot seat Monday morning.

The suspended CEO of DeKalb County didn't say much while on the stand.

The defense played recordings of conversations between Ellis and his former right hand man Kelvin Walton. During the meeting, jurors heard discussions about different clients, contributions, campaign debt and staff. After each group of statements, the defense stopped the tape and asked Ellis to explain what he meant by what he said.

Ellis is facing political corruption charges, accused of demanding re-election campaign money from contractors and threatening to end contracts if they didn't pay up.

Staff members were also allegedly pressured for donations.

In court, Ellis had to explain what he meant when he said “they're not even thinking about their jobs,” during a recorded conversation.

While under oath, he responded, “As long I was CEO they were likely going to be in their jobs because they're not protected by the civil service system, as opposed to being, having a new administration come. So, by my election being re-elected and them having been appointed by me that's what I was referring to.”

Ellis' first political corruption trial ended with a deadlocked jury last fall.

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