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Attorney wants 35 APS educators to have one trial

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Attorneys for the 35 indicted educators in connection with the CRCT cheating scandal are ready to begin proving their clients' innocence.

"We want to get them in, we want to get them processed, we want to get them out and then we can finally deal with the cases," said Bruce Harvey.

Harvey represents former Venetian Elementary School Principal Clarietta Davis.

"These folks have been under this cloud for years. This is their opportunity now to come to the public and defend themselves finally, not only in the court of public opinion but in a court of law," said Harvey.

Former APS Superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall, principals, teachers and other educators accused of racketeering, making false statements, theft and influencing witnesses have all been booked, photographed and bonded out of the Fulton County Jail.

Donald Bullock, a former testing coordinator at Usher-Collier Heights Elementary, was the only educator who spent the night in jail.

"There is a two-year investigation behind this, so there is going to be a massive amount of information that everybody is going to have to digest," said Harvey.

The Fulton County District Attorney's Office presented one, 65-count indictment against the 35 defendants. The question now is if all the defendants will be put on trial together or individually.

Harvey wants his client and all others tried together.

"The state took the step of indicting 35 people together. Presumably they say it's all under one conspiratorial umbrella. Well, let's get all 35 together and try all 35, see how that works," said Harvey.

Harvey said he wants to make the prosecutorial process difficult for prosecutors.

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