Praise Judge Who Reduced Sentence of Cheating Teachers

balanced scales of justice by perhelion

Target: Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter

Demand: Praise Judge Baxter for reducing sentence of teachers found guilty of altering students’ answers in standardized tests.

In 2013, thirty-five teachers were indicted for taking part in a cheating scandal in Atlanta beginning in 2001. They were accused of erasing answers that students had written down on an aptitude test and filling out the correct answer. They apparently did this so that their jobs weren’t compromised and the school system looked more favorable.

Recently, the three defendants who were handed the most severe sentences were told they would serve seven years in prison along with probation and community service. However, a few days later, the judge decided to reduce their sentences to three years in prison because he felt he had been too harsh.

He said “When a judge goes home and he keeps thinking over and over that something’s wrong, something is usually wrong.”


Dear Judge Baxter,

It was recently reported that you reduced the sentence of three teachers involved in a cheating scandal in Atlanta. While what they did was wrong, you showed that not all people deserve the most severe punishment.

We the undersigned applaud you for going with your gut instinct and reducing their sentences from 7 years to 3 years.


[Your Name Here]

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