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Former APS Superintendent Beverly Hall’s CRCT cheating trial is delayed

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Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter announced in court Monday that he would delay Beverly Hall’s trial until August of this year. Beverly Hall has been diagnosed with breast cancer and the cancer has spread to other parts of her body.

While Hall’s oncologist told the judge that sending the former Atlanta Public Schools superintendent to trial now could put her life at risk, the state argued because of her illness, now is the best time for her to stand trial. Both sides did agreed that Hall’s condition is serious.

Beverly Hall is one 13 APS educators facing charges of racketeering and conspiracy in the Atlanta Public School’s Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) cheating scandal. The other cased are scheduled to continue.

During the proceedings, Former Atlanta Mayor and U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young spoke out in court directing his comments to Judge Baxter saying, “This is a waste of tax payer money she has to stand before God…Justice has to have some mercy to it for it to be relevant.”

Judge Baxter originally told Young he would have to leave the courtroom if he continued the outburst, but then allow Young to speak. To hear the full exchange visit: http://www.wsbtv.com/videos/news/andrew-young-speaks-at-hearing-for-beverly-hall/vCXCh9/

The civil rights leader was joined by another civil rights icon, Joseph E. Lowery.

Hall’s attorneys had asked the judge to delay the trial for up to six to eight months until after her chemotherapy treatment was complete. Judge Baxter agreed to a little more than four months delay of the trial until a date in August.

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