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Judge Jerry Baxter

Judge: evidence will not be omitted from APS cheating case

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter became irritated while an attorney for Atlanta Public Schools ex-Superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall questioned a state witness on Friday.

That witness plans to testify in Hall's cheating scandal trial about erasure analysis conducted on student's 2009 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT).

"This [the hearing] has been a lot of wasted time," said Baxter.

Baxter asked Trammell Newton, one of Hall's attorneys, if he believes no cheating occurred because the erasure analysis is a flawed science.

"We acknowledge some cheating did go on, but they [prosecutors] are trying to prove through the erasure analysis that the cheating was extensive," said Newton.

That analysis ultimately led to indictments against Hall and 34 other APS educators. Most of them have since worked out plea deals with prosecutors.

Hall and 12 others are still fighting the charges.

"Do you have some scientist that say the erasure analysis is BS?" asked Baxter.

"Yes, they'll be there for trial," said Newton.

Baxter said the hearing was a waste of time.

"You have kept me here all day on this hearing, it almost borders on frivolous," said Baxter.

Hall and the other 12 defendants were absent from the hearing.

Earlier in the week, there was another hearing. Hall's attorney asked for the trial to be put off for eight months. It was supposed to begin in May, but the judge put it off until August.

Hall is fighting breast cancer.

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