GA Judge Sharply Cuts Three Harshest Prison Terms In Test Scandal


A judge sharply reduced the sentences yesterday for three former Atlanta public school educators who received the harshest prison terms in the trial stemming from the city’s standardized test cheating scandal, the Associated Press reports. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter cut the penalties for Tamara Cotman, Sharon Davis-Williams and Michael Pitts from seven years in prison and 13 on probation to three years in prison and seven on probation. “When a judge goes home and he keeps thinking over and over that something’s wrong, something is usually wrong,” Baxter said. “I want to modify the sentence so I can live with it.”

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