Closing arguments begin in APS cheating trial - CBS46 News

Closing arguments begin in APS cheating trial

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Closing arguments began Monday in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial.

Twelve educators are accused of changing students' answers on standardized tests.

Doctor Beverly Hall, the superintendent during the time in question and thought to be the mastermind behind the cheating, died two weeks ago.

Fulton County Senior Assistant District Attorney Clint Rucker started closing arguments at 9 a.m. He applauded the jurors and said they've done a great job.

Rucker said in addition to being intelligent, the jurors were "life smart." He said he noticed jurors taking notes and said they "get it."

He made no mention of the death of Hall, but referred to her alleged involvement throughout the morning.

Rucker stated Hall used intimidation and other tactics to cover up the alleged crime.

The judge has given Rucker 10 hours for closing arguments, but Rucker said he expects he will use less time.

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