First suspects in cheating scandal surrender
by Associated Press Wire
April 02, 2013 12:35 PM | 361 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ATLANTA (AP) — Lawyers for some of the 35 defendants in Atlanta’s school cheating scandal say their bonds are unreasonably high.

Hurl Taylor, who represents test coordinator Donald Bullock, said his client’s $1 million bond amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. Bullock was among the first defendants to surrender at the Fulton County Jail early Tuesday.

All 35 defendants must turn themselves in Tuesday. Five of them had done so by noon Tuesday, Fulton County sheriff’s spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan said.

In a chaotic scene outside the jail Tuesday morning, the lawyers said it wasn’t clear when their clients would be able to request lower bonds.

The educators, including former Superintendent Beverly Hall, are named in a 65-count indictment that alleges a broad conspiracy involving cheating on standardized tests in Atlanta Public Schools.

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