Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Channel 5's Amanda Davis interviews Dr. Lewis
As reported by Amanda Davis
Former DeKalb County school superintendent Dr. Crawford Lewis says that he's ready for his day in court to clear his name. Lewis is set to be arraigned next week after being indicted in May on corruption charges.
Dr. Lewis and his wife of 30 years, Sandra, talked about what lies ahead as the former superintendent fights corruption charges.
There is a 127 page indictment against Lewis, his former chief operating officer Pat Pope, her then husband, and architect, Tony Pope, and Pope's former secretary Cointa Moody.
Lewis faces six counts for racketeering, theft by a government employee, bribery and falsifying public documents.
The indictment alleges that Pope steered lucrative school construction contracts her husband's way, that her secretary helped her with paperwork and that Lewis signed off on it all.
Lewis says there will always be doubters, a cloud over his head and that his has been legacy tarnished. Lewis said it was his dream as a young man growing up in Monticello, to teach and then head up the school system and he never thought it would end this way.
Lewis says the support of his family, close friends and his church are keeping him strong.
Lewis' attorneys expect the trial to last four to six weeks. No decision has been made on whether Lewis will testify in his own defense.
Link to Amanda's report as well as several related reports by clicking here for Fox 5 News.
Oddly, after asking for and receiving an ok for a "speedy trial" last week and getting the trial date set for August 30, Lewis' attorney has now asked for a delay.
Trial delayed for ex-DeKalb schools' chief