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Judge expresses frustration at slow pace of Atlanta school cheating trial


ATLANTA — The judge overseeing Atlanta's school cheating trial is expressing frustration with the slow pace of testimony.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter said Monday that lawyers are asking unnecessary question and witnesses are giving long-winded answers to yes-or-no questions.

In one exchange with a defense lawyer, Baxter said he needs to take control over the trial or it could last well into next year.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports ( that Baxter said he's trying to move the case forward as efficiently as possible while giving all the defendants a fair trial.

In opening arguments Sept. 29, prosecutors said that 12 former Atlanta Public Schools educators and administrators cheated, lied and stole as part of a widespread conspiracy to inflate state test scores that affected thousands of students.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

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