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From AJC.com: Judge to Atlanta cheating defendants: Make a deal or go to jail

by Jaime Serrio

Ten former Atlanta educators convicted of racketeering in a test cheating scandalhave been given an evening to make a life-changing decision: apologize for their crimes and waive a right to appeal or go to jail.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter said he planned to sentence the educators to prison, but after hours of emotional testimony from friends, family and colleagues and a morning argument with District Attorney Paul Howard, he had a change of heart. Just before taking a break at 2 p.m., Baxter told the educators he would agree to a deal negotiated by the prosecution for reduced sentences.

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