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Judge urges speed in Atlanta test cheating trial as attorneys review juror questionnaires


ATLANTA — A Fulton County judge is urging attorneys on both sides of the trial of former Atlanta Public Schools educators to quickly weed out prospective jurors ineligible to serve for a lengthy trial.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter wants attorneys to eliminate ineligible people from a pool of 400. For example, Baxter says he found in questionnaires that at least one person no longer lives in the county and another is scheduled for a military deployment next week ( ).

Attorneys began meeting with prospective jurors Monday to select 12 jurors and 11 alternates.

Prosecutors have said they expect the trial to last for months.

Twelve former administrators, principals, testing coordinators and teachers face racketeering charges. Former superintendent Beverly Hall's trial was delayed due to cancer.

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