April 2, 2013

First suspects in cheating scandal surrender


Associated Press

ATLANTA — Lawyers for some of the 35 defendants expected to surrender by Tuesday’s deadline to face charges 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.

Warren Fortson, who represents testing coordinator Theresia Copeland, described her as a 56-year-old grandmother. He said the $1 million bond in her case is unnecessary.

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.

Thirty-five Atlanta educators are named in a 65-count indictment that alleges a broad conspiracy involving cheating on standardized tests.