Former DeKalb D.A. Robert James switches to defense of ex-commissioner

DaKalb County District Attorney Robert James talks about the release of a corruption report on Sept. 30, 2015. Ben Gray / bgray@ajc.com
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DaKalb County District Attorney Robert James talks about the release of a corruption report on Sept. 30, 2015. Ben Gray / bgray@ajc.com

Former DeKalb Commissioner Stan Watson is relying on the county's former top prosecutor to defend him against a felony charge of theft by conversion.

Watson hired former DeKalb District Attorney Robert James as his criminal defense attorney.

James, now a partner at Morriss, Shim & James, says he only learned about the allegations after he left office Dec. 31. But James also says his intimate knowledge of the criminal justice system will help mount a legal defense for Watson.

A DeKalb grand jury indicted Watson this week based on allegations that he received about $3,000 in travel advances for trips he never took.

Watson, who resigned in March 2016, didn't repay the money until after Channel 2 Action News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported it was missing earlier this year.

Exclusive to subscribers: Read more about the ex-prosecutor’s reasons for defending Watson on myAJC.com.

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