Our network

Charges dropped against DeKalb Co. judge | News

Title (Max 100 Characters)

Charges dropped against DeKalb Co. judge

HART COUNTY, Ga. -- Charges against a former DeKalb County judge have been dropped just days after they were filed.

Former Superior Court Judge Cynthia Becker  was indicted on six felony counts and one misdemeanor charge on Thursday. On Monday, all those charges were dropped, according to Becker's attorney, Brian Steel.

Becker had been accused of making false statements, making a false writing and obstruction of an officer in a 2014 incident involving a bond request for DeKalb Superintendent Dr. Crawford Lewis.

During Lewis' corruption case, lawyers complained that Becker refused to give Lewis bond. Becker insisted she never got a bond request, but attorneys said their e-mails proved otherwise.

Crawford was sentenced to one year as part of a plea deal.

Steel said charges against his client were dropped because she "committed no crime."

According to Hart County District Attorney D. Parks White, who was appointed by Attorney General Samuel Olens to investigate the allegations against Becker, said that he agreed to not seek criminal charges against Becker if she agreed to not seek judicial office again.

White said that the statements made by Becker in Sept. 2014 were part of a meeting that was intended "to be informal, personal, and confidential." Becker wasn't provided with a copy of the complaint made against Lewis, but agreed to answer questions about events that happened nine months earlier. Becker wasn't sworn in, which is why White said that her statements wouldn't constitute false swearing. 

"When responding to questions from members of the Judicial Qualifications Commission, Judge Becker made statements that were factually erroneous," White said. "However, at the time of the meeting she had not had a chance to review the record or refresh her recollection as to the exact order of events and what transpired when.  It is clear from at least part of her answers she conflated the events of the week into one day."


Stay with 11Alive.com for more details. 





Decatur Deals