Looks like we may have a trial!

750 jurors summoned for racketeering trial Former DeKalb school chief, 2 others first indicted in 2010.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The (GA) – Saturday, October 5, 2013

Author: Rhonda Cook ; Staff

Around 750 summonses have been sent in hopes of finding 12 jurors and four alternates to hear the upcoming racketeering trial of former DeKalb County School Superintendent Crawford Lewis, the district’s one-time chief operating officer Pat Reid and her ex-husband Tony Pope.

On Friday, DeKalb Superior Court Judge Cynthia Becker repeatedly pointed out to the prosecuting and defense attorneys that the case will be crowded, complicated and time-consuming so they need to work out any possible issues now.

It will be a long trial, possibly a month or more after it starts with jury selection on Oct. 28.

Read more at the AJC >> 750 jurors summoned for racketeering trial Former DeKalb school chief, 2 others first indicted in 2010.

(Please note, it’s beyond the pay wall)

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14 Responses to Looks like we may have a trial!

  1. concerned citizen says:

    At long last!

  2. bettyandveronica1 says:

    Bout time.

  3. howdy1942 says:

    I’m glad to see us getting this thing get underway. I remain pessimistic – simply don’t think that Crawford Lewis will ever be convicted in Dekalb County Georgia regardless of the case presented by the Prosecution.

  4. concernedmom30329 says:

    These cases, as seen all over the country, are very complicated and hard to get convictions on. This one will be no different. The interesting part is what Lewis knows about past Board member bad behavior (as well as those in the construction industry). Will he share?

  5. A commentator on the AJC website regularly alleges that Pat Reid never attended the college(s) from which she claims to have a degree(s). I really hope the prosecutors and/or Crawford Lewis’ defense team looked into that claim. It would be relatively easy to check – just contact the colleges and ask them whether or not Reid actually was enrolled and whether or not she was granted a degree.

    Lord knows the prosecutors have had plenty of time to have investigated Reid by now!

  6. dsw2contributor says:

    better

  7. Kim says:

    The truth can be tortured, trampled, and mistaken for a lie. But eventually, if we live long enough, it will be known. Amen.

  8. Another comment says:

    I am the commenter who states that Pat Reid does not have the degree claimed. I heard an Interview that Crawford Lewis made where he stated that Pat Reid/ Pope had a Construction Engineering Degree from Purdue University in the early 1980’s. Then I saw another place where it said she went to the Calumette Campus of Purdue, up in Northern Indiana, not at the West Layfette Campus.

    I graduated from Purdue University in 1983 with a Master’s degree in Construction Engineering and Management ( Civil Engineering on my Diploma). I was one of only two females in my class. I was also the First female Teaching Assistant in the Civil Engineering Department’s Construction Engineering and Management Program. You could only obtain this degree at either the Bachelors level, Masters or PHd level at the West Layfette campus. They did a few distance learning classes at a Satellite campus in Indianapolis, but you could not complete your degree there. You had to come to the main campus . I know who was in that program at the time because, I was the TA and graded all the papers. Their were no females. In the Undergraduate program at West Layfette there were only 3-4 white females per class. There were no black females in the program, as their were no black males in the program. There was only one Jewish guy in the class Moshe. There were several wealthy middle Easterners of Iranian descent as was common in Engineering school in the late 1970’s to early 1980’s.

    She simply can not have a Civil Engineering Degree with a major in construction Engineering and Management from Purdue University from the early 1980’s. The degree was only offered at the main West Lafayette Campus at the time. I was there, and I also was a TA in the program, she was not in the program.

    Purdue may have had an Engineering Technology program at Calumet campus. They had a Construction technology program at W. Lafayette. For those who could not hack engineering, or wanted to be a Supt. or Foreman, but it was not an Engineering degree. It was not a program for future Facilites Managers or COO or for that case even Project engineers or project managers.

    I worked for the Federal Gov’t in Facilities Management for years, our engineering and Architecture Positions require a 4 yr degree from an accredited School of Engineering or Architecture. it is also required to sit on a selection panel, to avoid political corruption. Even with that we had a Black woman who claimed she was an industrial engineer from Georgia tech and submitted a falsified transcript. it was eventually caught and she was fired.

  9. concerned citizen says:

    Thanks for the great information on Pope. I hope it helps the case, and it should! Thanks for the interesting information. Why am I not surprised?

  10. From http://www.ojs.dekalbga.org

    BARNES, VERNELL Witness
    STRAIN, PAULETTE Witness
    RIVERS, ROB Witness
    JOYNER, BEBE Witness
    MAYFIELD, FELICIA MITCHELL Witness
    HUCKLEBERRY, PAUL Witness
    GEARY, DON Witness
    LEWIS, CRAWFORD Defendant
    GUDE, SAM Witness
    WORTHINGTON, MICHAEL Witness
    BROWN, AUDRA Witness
    HORTON, SANDRA Witness
    BROWN, YOLANDA Witness
    TURK, MARCUS Witness
    CUNNINGHAM, JAY Witness
    LEVETT-PHILLIPS CONFIDENTIAL BONDING, INC. Bonding Company
    CRUZ, ELSIE Witness
    SCHILLING, MARK Witness
    BREW, JOSEPH Witness
    BERRY, AUDRIA Witness
    WILLIAMSON, RICK Witness
    NIX, CLARENCE Witness
    BOWEN, TOM Witness
    SMITH, GREG Witness
    LAWRENCE-HARDY, ALLEGRA Witness
    MOODY, CHARLES DAVID Witness
    BRANT, CHARLES T. Attorney
    REED, DANNY Witness
    HURST, SUSAN Witness
    THOMPSON, ALICE Witness
    FINCHER, JEFF Witness
    DONOHUE, STEVEN Witness
    UNGER, ROBERTA Witness
    JEFFERSON, MELISSA Witness
    COUSIN, LARON Witness
    CLEMENTS, LAKISHA S. Attorney
    TURK, MARCUS Witness
    AXAM, TONY L. Attorney
    PETREY, JOHN H Attorney
    POPE, ANTHONY VINCENT Defendant
    MORGAN, GREG Witness
    REID, PATRICIA Defendant
    REDOVIAN, JIM Witness
    PROPERTY OF DOLLISON Bonding Company
    PROPERTY OF DOLLISON Bonding Company
    MORGAN, JOHN THOMAS Attorney
    DUNCAN, BOB Witness
    TYSON, RAMONA Witness
    ANDERSON, PETER Witness
    SNAPP, GREG Witness
    MOODY, CHARLES DAVID Witness
    FREEMAN, TIM Witness
    GUDE, LYNN Witness
    WILDMAN, WILLIAM Witness
    JACKSON, LYNN Witness
    COST, RICK Witness
    TAYLOR, BERNARD Attorney
    HAMMEL, LARRY Witness
    DEKALB BONDING SPECIALIST LLC Bonding Company
    GUILLORY, DAVID Witness
    SCHILLING, MARK Witness
    HAWKINS, STAN Witness
    BUTLER, DAVE Witness
    QUEEN, ART Witness
    MANN, AMY SUE Witness
    WALKER, GENE Witness
    TYLER, WAYNE Witness
    ALEXANDER, JOSIE Witness
    ANTHONY, ART Witness
    RAMSEY, RONALD Witness
    BROWN, MICHAEL L. Attorney
    MARKO, EDWARD Witness
    ARORA, MANUBIR S Attorney
    GRANT, LYNN CHERRY Witness
    BOLES, TIMOTHY Witness
    FRAGALA, DAVID Witness
    LITTLEJOHN, CASSANDRA A. Witness
    SCAFFE, DAVID Witness
    COLMAN, BARBARA Witness
    JONES, PHYLLIS Witness
    BERNSTEIN, BRENDA JOY Attorney
    FREE AT LAST BAIL BONDS Bonding Company
    LEWIS, HAROLD Witness
    FARMER, BYRON Witness
    ROY, PHIL Witness
    ADAMS, ANGELA Attorney
    EVANS, DANNY Witness
    KEYES-FLEMING, GWENDOLYN Witness
    HOGAN, PAUL Witness
    THOMAS, BORQUAYE A Attorney
    RAMSEY, RONALD Witness
    COPELAND, DAN Witness

  11. howdy1942 says:

    @Another Comment – Thank you! It seems to me that if Pat Pope did lie on her resume, that could open up a new can of worms for her as well as for the DCSS administration that hired her. I remember well of requesting the colleges where I obtained both my undergraduate and graduate degrees to provide the school where I was teaching with sealed, certified letters verifying that my credentials were as I had reported. That was a condition of employment.

  12. Pope may or may not have lied on her resume, but it’s been shown that she lied on her job application as well as she and Lewis lied to the Board.

    Lewis told the Board that he had found the perfect candidate through a national search (he paid a search firm – which should also be checked out) but on Pat Pope’s application, in which she uses her maiden name Reid, she states that in her past employment she was VP of Pope Architects and also a consultant to DCSS SPLOST. So she had already been working for DCSS long before she and Lewis cooked up the idea to kick out Pritchett (who got poor reviews on the previous SPLOST audit) and replace him with Pat.

    Read the snippets of testimony posted on the subject at the old DSW blog: http://dekalbschoolwatch.blogspot.com/2010/03/some-testimony-for-your-reading.html

  13. For a little more history, here’ the link to the article referenced in the old DSW post:

    Huge DeKalb schools project altered, aiding spouse
    Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010

    It’s a must-read if you are not up to speed on the case.

    Here’s the nutshell:

    The revelation about Pat Pope’s actions in this project is the latest in a series of AJC articles about the official and her involvement in the construction projects under investigation.

    Pope, who headed the school district’s construction program until the criminal probe intensified last fall, solicited bids in fall 2007 for work on the massive Mountain Industrial Center complex, records show.

    At the time, Tony Pope had teamed up with a construction company to compete for the job of renovating the complex, which includes two schools and other facilities near Tucker.

    But that company decided not to pursue the project, leaving Tony Pope without a business partner to bid on the work.

    Had Pat Pope moved forward with the project as it was, it would have gone to one of the other contractor-architect teams in the running.

    Instead, she broke the project in two and the district gave a fraction of it to one of the original bidders, without advertising the changes. The much larger portion of the work was put out to bid a month later.

    By that time, Tony Pope had teamed up with Nix-Fowler Constructors. That company won the contract, which now stands at $21.3 million, through a competitive bid process. Tony Pope’s portion so far is $1,075,718, according to financial documents obtained from Nix-Fowler.

  14. Word Wall says:

    Hand? Cookie Jar? This trial says that “Responsibility” isn’t just a six figure income, staff and a free car. ‘Responsibility’ means one pays the full consequences of your own corruption and theft… What do you bet the testimony leads to another round of indictments and criminal trials?

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