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Snafu delays APS cheating defendants from turning themselves in

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Some of the educators indicted in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal could turn themselves in at any moment. Thirty-five people are facing charges, including former superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall.

Attorneys for many of the educators tell FOX 5 that they're ready for their clients to turn themselves in, but the grand jury warrants are not yet in the system.

The district attorney's office said that they filed the warrants, but there wasn't enough time to process them.

Many say that they're surprised the paperwork is not ready because of the enormity of the case.

A source with the Fulton County Courthouse told FOX 5's Aungelique Proctor that the warrants aren't expected to be in the system on Monday. They will be ready by Tuesday morning.

All defendents are required to surrender by Tuesday afternoon.

Hall and 34 other educators were indicted on Friday accused of cheating, conspiring to cheat, or concealing cheating on the 2009 CRCT test. The 90-page indictment accuses the former national superintendent of the year of operating a criminal enterprise, allegedly rewarding teachers who cheated, and punishing and even firing teachers who did not.

Attorney Gerald Griggs, who represents two of the accused teachers says that the racketeering case will be difficult to prove.

"We will fight everything that's listed in the indictment because we believe that our clients are not guilty," said Griggs.

One of the surprises that came out of Friday's indictment was a $7.5 million recommendation of bond for Hall. FOX 5's Aungelique Proctor communicated with her attorney via e-mail on Monday, asking him if he had planned to petition a judge to get that bond lowered. He declined to comment.

CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF THOSE INDICTED AND THEIR CHARGES

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