Rep. Holcomb Statement on Burrell Ellis Mistrial


Atlanta, GA, October 21, 2014. A mistrial was declared in the case against DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis because the jury could not reach verdicts on any of the 13 charges.

"As a former prosecutor, I respect the jury's decision but I wish we had a verdict - one way or the other. But regardless of this outcome, I know the people whom I represent want to see an end to corruption in county government. We need to move forward and we need to change our policies. There's been more than enough talk about change; now is the time for action. Let's start by reforming our county government and moving away from the elected CEO model," said State Representative Scott Holcomb (D-81). "This trial showed that the elected CEO has a serious conflict of interest. The role places legislative and executive power in the hands of one person and provides too much opportunity for abuse. Across DeKalb, citizens have lost confidence in their county government. Reform is essential to earning back the citizens' trust."

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