William Thomas is a former federal prosecutor and he was a district attorney in Los Angeles. Thomas, who's now in private practice, believes the case against the former Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall and the remaining indicted educators is weak.
"I'm willing to state my 20 years in law and my 18 years as a prosecutor that they [Fulton County prosecutors] are giving this case away," said Thomas.
Thomas made this claim after former APS Human Resource Director Millicent Few, entered a guilty plea on Monday.
"I just want to apologize to the citizens of Atlanta and specifically the students and their parents for my role in this matter," said Few.
Few is the first in the APS hierarchy to enter a guilty plea. Last March, 35 APS educators were indicted. They were accused of cheating on standardized tests and charged with felonies.
Since then 19 have entered guilty pleas to lesser charges, a jury found Tamara Cotman not guilty, one principal passed away and 14, including Hall are going to trial.
"I've been a prosecutor before. If your case is strong people plead to those strong counts. Now, can you get leniency as it relates to those strong counts? Absolutely, but you don't give your case away when your case is strong. They are giving this case away," said Thomas.
The educators who entered guilty pleas received probation, community service and in some cases paid fines. No one received jail time.
They all agreed to testify in the state's case against Hall and the remaining defendants.
"There are people there who clearly had their hands on the bad things done here. Who cheated that's not, at this point what the prosecution is interested in. They are interested in making a case against Beverly Hall."
The trial for Hall and the remaining defendants is set to begin in May.
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