Around 750 summonses have been sent in hopes of finding 12 jurors and four alternates to hear the upcoming racketeering trial of former DeKalb County School Superintendent Crawford Lewis, the district’s one-time chief operating officer Pat Reid and her ex-husband Tony Pope.
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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution broke stories beginning at the end of 2009 questioning school construction contracts that involved architect Tony Pope, who was then married to the DeKalb County School District’s chief operating officer, who was in charge of such projects. Soon afterward the AJC also reported that Superintendent Crawford Lewis and COO Pat Reid had bought their county cars at deeply discounted prices.
The AJC published almost 20 stories more until the three were indicted in May 2010.
The AJC has continued to track the case as the indictment went through three different versions, the key investigator and the two prosecutors resigned and it has moved toward trial 3 1/2 years later.
The judge still has some pretrial motions to decide and then the first of 750 prospective jurors will report on Oct. 28 for the start of the trial.