Supreme Court restores Ellis’ law license

[private]Eight days after they overturned his criminal conviction on perjury and exortion charges, the Georgia Supreme court said Thursday it was reinstating Burrell Ellis’ license to practice law.

The court released this brief statement:

“On October 5, 2015, this Court suspended W. Burrell Ellis, Jr. pending the termination of the appeal of his felony convictions. On November 30, 2016, this Court reversed those convictions. See Ellis v. State, No. S16A1246 (decided November 30, 2016), motion for reconsideration denied December 8, 2016. Thus, it is hereby ordered that W. Burrell Ellis, Jr. be reinstated to the practice of law in the State of Georgia.”

Ellis, the former CEO of DeKalb County, was indicted in 2013 on charges he tried to shake down country contractors for political contributions when he was running for reelection in 2012.

His first trial ended in a mistrial, but in 2015 Ellis was convicted of one count of criminal attempt to commit theft by extortion and three counts of perjury. He was sentenced to five years, with 18 months to be served behind bars, and was released from prison March 1, 2016.

The Georgia Supreme Court unanimously reversed the fraud and perjury convictions on Nov. 30 because of “evidentiary errors” in Ellis’ trial.

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