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Published on April 1st, 2015 |

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11 of 12 APS trial defendants are convicted of racketeering

The jury in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial on Thursday convicted 11 of the 12 defendants of racketeering, according to a report by WXIA-TV. The convictions came after more than six months of testimony.Scales of Justice 2

One defendant—Dobbs Elementary School teacher Dessa Curb—was acquitted of all charges against her. The remaining 11 defendants were found guilty of at least one count. Here is the rundown:

Diane Buckner-Webb, Dunbar Elementary School teacher, guilty of racketeering and guilty of two counts of false statements.

Donald Bullock, Usher (Collier Heights) elementary testing, guilty of racketeering, guilty of two counts of false statements, guilty of one count of false swearing and acquitted of one count of false statements.

Pamela Cleveland, Dunbar Elementary School teacher, guilty of racketeering and guilty of two counts of false statements.

Theresia Copeland, Benteen Elementary School testing coordinator, guilty of racketeering, guilty of false statements, and acquitted of theft by taking.

Tamara Cotman, School Reform Team Executive Director, guilty of racketeering.

Dana Evans, Dobbs Elementary School principal, guilty of racketeering, guilty of false statements and acquitted of three counts of false statements.

Tabeeka Jordan, Deerwood Academy, assistant principal, guilty of racketeering, acquitted of theft by taking and acquitted of false statements

Michael Pitts, School Reform Team executive director, guilty of racketeering and guilty of influencing witnesses.

Shani Robinson, Dunbar Elementary School teacher, guilty of racketeering and guilty of false statements.

Sharon Davis Williams, School Reform Team Exec. Director, guilty of racketeering and acquitted of two counts of false statements.

Angela Williamson, Dobbs Elementary School teacher, guilty of racketeering, guilty of two counts of false statements, guilty of two counts of false swearing.

In addition to the 12 defendants who stood trial, 21 more took plea deals and received probation, paid fines, performed community service—and will eventually have their records wiped clean.

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