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Fulton DA defends offering plea deals

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Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard defended his decision to accept plea deals for some Atlanta Public School employees who participated in the test cheating scandal.

“It allowed our community to understand this was not some fantasy,” he told reporters after the verdicts. “It was a real case with real facts.”

Howard declined to talk in detail about the verdicts because Judge Jerry Baxter has not sentenced the defendants.

Howard said he believed the costs to try the defendants was necessary.

“We don’t count the cost,” he said. “We count the children.”

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