News Groups Want Gag Order Lifted in Cheating Case

3:44 PM, Apr 24, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA (AP) - A newspaper and television station are asking a judge to lift a gag order that prevents defendants in Atlanta's school cheating scandal from discussing the case.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard required the defendants to agree to silence in exchange for lower bond.

Such restrictions are typically issued by a judge, but in this case it was arranged by the prosecutor's office.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV have asked a Fulton County judge to lift the restriction. It bars the defendants from commenting, but it doesn't apply to their attorneys or the prosecutor and his staff.

A Fulton County grand jury last month indicted 35 educators, accusing them of involvement in a broad conspiracy to cheat, conceal cheating or retaliate against whistleblowers.

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