APS cheating scandal defense attorneys meet

Several high-profile defense attorneys defending the dozens accused in the Atlanta Public Schools CRCT cheating scandal met to discuss the case on Monday.

Channel 2 Action News saw attorney Dwight Thomas, who represents former APS human resources director Millicent Few, on his way into the Jones Day firm in Midtown Atlanta.

"I don't know the substance of the meeting and I can't really comment on the substance of the meeting," Thomas told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri.

George Lawson represents three top administrators indicted, Michael Pitts, Sharon Davis Williams and Tamara Johnson. Lawson told Viteri he had no idea what the meeting was about.

"I'm here because I represent some of the people who are accused and I understand there's a meeting of the lawyers who are involved," Lawson said.

As Thomas exited an hour later, he told Viteri more than 20 other defense attorneys met inside, but would not say what they discussed.

"A group of good lawyers, very talented lawyers, and they're fellowshipping," he said.
Thomas said his client is innocent.

"I think most people know what my MO is, and that's this is a dog fight. This is going to be a dog fight," Thomas said.

He said it's possible the defense attorneys will meet again but there is no set date. He said they are all working for one purpose -- the fight for their client's presumption of innocence.

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