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DeKalb CEO appeals corruption convictions, talks only to CBS46

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For the first time since his release from prison four months ago, DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis found himself back in court Monday.

“I have never seen a greater abuse of the criminal justice system than this case,” Ellis’ attorney Craig Gillen said.  “Please do the right thing and reverse this conviction.”

Ellis and his legal team appealed his criminal convictions before the Georgia Supreme Court related to the ‘shake down’ of a county contractor for campaign contributions.  Ellis’ attorney argued that the trial court prohibited him from testifying in his case.

Other than duct taping his mouth we basically were denied every basic fundamental right,” Gillen said.

CBS46 tracked down Burrell Ellis after court and he spoke exclusively to us about his appeal.

“We’re just going to wait on the ruling from the court and we’re encouraged,” Ellis said.

It could take the Georgia Supreme Court several weeks to make a ruling in the case, so Ellis technically remains the CEO until the appeal process is over or his term expires at the end of the year.

I think it shouldn't be overturned if he was convicted.  He should lose his job forever.  He should not be the CEO any longer,” Taxpayer Stephanie Lige said.

So while Ellis’ name remains on county signs, we have confirmed with DeKalb officials that his salary was suspended at the time of his conviction.

“It’s up to the court, we’ve had our say and we’ll move on.  So I’m not going to give any comment,” Gillen said.

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