The AJC is reporting per the DeKalb DA: Judge should accept Crawford Lewis plea agreement
By Rhonda Cook – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The attorneys for former DeKalb County School Superintendent Crawford Lewis and the lawyers who prosecuted him agree that Superior Court Judge Cynthia Becker breached a negotiated plea that Lewis would be sentenced to probation rather than jail according to a motion filed with the Georgia Court of Appeals.
Just two weeks before he was to go on trial last fall for racketeering and theft, Lewis sought to avoid the risk of up to 65 years in prison by pleading guilty to obstructing the DeKalb District Attorney’s Office investigation into spending and school construction contracts.
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The article is behind the pay wall, but basically it states that the DeKalb DA thinks that Judge Becker is bound to the plea agreement with Lewis. The judge sentenced Lewis based on the words from his own mouth. She gave him the opportunity to withdraw his plea, however, that would mean he “would again be facing one racketeering charge and three counts of theft by taking by a government official and up to 65 years in prison if he were convicted.”
Somehow, though, the charges against Lewis — for which he was jailed — have morphed into only misdemeanors. So, for now, he is a free man, out of jail on bond.
“The Georgia Court of Appeals said, however, bond is mandatory in misdemeanor cases, and Lewis was released after spending five days in the DeKalb County Jail.”
DSW Note: Our opinion? He irreparably harmed thousands of young people’s educations, thus their chances for success in life. He irreparably harmed DeKalb County (GA) School System’s once-stellar reputation and drove out hundreds of highly qualified teachers and staff as he treated them like chattel. Instead, he opted to hire and promote hundreds of administrative insiders who would be personally indebted to him. He used our tax dollars to build a non-teaching fiefdom as well as fund his personal illicit excursions. His testimony was wimpy, useless to the prosecution and a slap to the agreement with the court. Keep him in an orange jump suit for at least 12 months. Longer if possible. He needs to chew on some humble pie. He can write to Martha Stewart for suggestions on how to bake one.