"The 5:44" with Denis O'Hayer
7:55 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

APS Cheating Case Defendant Rejects Plea Deal Offer: A Talk with Her Defense Attorney, Page Pate

Page Pate, attorney for Atlanta Public Schools cheating case defendant Sandra Ward.
Credit The Pate Law Firm

  With time running short before a trial begins, some of the 35 defendants in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating case are negotiating with Fulton County prosecutors on possible plea deals.  One defendant, Lisa Terry, has admitted to making false statements; she received 12 months' probation.  But on Thursday, December 12, 2013, another defendant rejected a plea offer.  Sandra Ward is the former testing coordinator at Parks Middle School.  Her attorney, Page Pate, spoke with WABE's Denis O'Hayer.

WABE also contacted the office of Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, which e-mailed a reply, saying he would have no comment.

(Some disclosures:  Page Pate usually appears as WABE's legal analyst.  He was recently hired by Sandra Ward to defend her in the cheating case, and appears in this interview as her advocate; not as WABE's legal analyst.  Because he has a client in the APS case, Page Pate will not offer any perspective on that case as WABE's legal analyst.  Also, WABE's broadcast license is held by the Atlanta Board of Education.)

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