ATLANTA (AP) — A newspaper and television station are asking a judge to lift a gag order that prevents defendants in Atlanta's school cheating scandal from discussing the case.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard required the defendants to agree to silence in exchange for lower bond.
Such restrictions are typically issued by a judge, but in this case it was arranged by the prosecutor's office.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV have asked a Fulton County judge to lift the restriction. It bars the defendants from commenting, but it doesn't apply to their attorneys or the prosecutor and his staff.
A Fulton County grand jury last month indicted 35 educators, accusing them of involvement in a broad conspiracy to cheat, conceal cheating or retaliate against whistleblowers.
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