ATLANTA -- The judge in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating case strongly indicated he would issue a pre-trial ruling that could gut the prosecution's criminal case against 35 educators.
At the end of a day-long hearing into motions challenging the indictment against Superintendent Beverly Hall, principals, teachers and other school officials, Fulton Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter said the case made by prosecutors to keep the indictment intact was "ugly." He repeatedly indicated he was inclined to rule in favor of a motion challenging the case.
The defense motion says that APS administrators improperly compelled staffers to cooperate with investigators appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue to probe the cheating scandal. Attorneys for Lucious Brown, principal at John F. Kennedy Middle School, argued that the order stripped witnesses of their 5th amendment right against self-incrimination.