Beverly Hall will not have to stand trial with other defendants in cheating scandal case

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ATLANTA - A Fulton County judge has decided that Dr. Beverly Hall will not have to be tried with the other 12 defendants in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal.

According to court documents filed earlier this week, Hall’s oncologist wrote that she is not healthy enough to stand trial.

The judge also ruled Friday that charges will not be dropped against Hall in the case.


Hall, who is facing racketeering conspiracy charges in the 2011 APS test-cheating scandal, is fighting stage 4 breast cancer. Hall's attorneys say her condition has worsened.

“Dr. Hall is experiencing considerable fatigue associated with the chemotherapy. Dr. Hall is resting throughout the day and sleeping 10-12 hours each night. Given Dr. Hall’s fatigue, she would likely not be able to remain alert enough to participate for even a 6-8 hour trial day,” her oncologist said in the documents.

Hall’s cancer is not curable and she will remain on some form of chemotherapy for the remainder of her life, according to the statement.

“While psychological stress alone has not been found to cause cancer, it is undisputed that psychological stress affects a person’s overall health and ability to cope with cancer,” the doctor wrote. “Put simply, Dr. Hall must focus on her health right now if she is to have any chance for successful treatment.”



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