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Jury seated in trial for former APS educators charged in cheating scandal

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Attorney Gerald Griggs is one of 11 attorneys fighting to clear their client's name. He represents Angela Williamson. She was a teacher at Atlanta Public School's Dobbs Elementary.

"She was exonerated earlier in a tribunal, education hearing. We feel she will be exonerated again," said Griggs. "This is the exact same evidence, the exact same witnesses so we believe it will be the exact same outcome."

Williamson and the other former educators are accused of cheating on the 2009 CRCT. They face racketeering and other charges.

Griggs said he and the other defense attorneys are glad they finally have a jury.

"Six weeks, six very long weeks, we went through 600 potential candidates and we were able to successfully get 11 and some alternates."

The jury consists of four white men, three black women, two black men, one white woman, one Asian woman and a Hispanic woman. There are also 11 alternates.

"I feel it's a fair cross section of Fulton County. I think we started off with minorities being under represented initially," Griggs said.

Jury selection halted temporarily when Griggs and the other defense challenged the makeup.

"I think the prolonged litigation, in regards of the under representation of African-Americans and other minorities, caused the jury to be fair today."

Now that the jury is seated, prosecutors and defense attorneys are preparing to make opening statements.

"Each individual attorney will give their opening statements. The prosecutor and each of the 12 defendants will give opening statements and then we will get into evidence where we can really hear about what exactly happened," Griggs said.

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