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Doctor: Ex-Atlanta school superintendent can't endure trial in cheating case due to her health


ATLANTA — A doctor says Atlanta's former school superintendent can't endure a trial in the system's test cheating case due to her health.

Beverly Hall's oncologist, Dr. Laura Weakland, said in a sworn statement that Hall can't endure a trial because of side effects from chemotherapy and progression of cancer.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ( ) reports that Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard suspended an assistant district attorney for how they reacted to the news. Howard said the prosecutor wrote "Surprise, surprise" in an email inadvertently sent to all parties in the case.

Howard said in a statement he suspended the prosecutor because he can't ignore "the appearance of insensitivity to Dr. Hall's condition."

Hall is among more than 30 Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of participating in a conspiracy to cheat on standardized tests.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

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