• Attorneys say years could pass before APS trials

    By: Tony Thomas


    ATLANTA - All 35 of the indicted Atlanta Public School educators have reported to jail and been processed and released on bond.

    Channel 2 Action News has spoken with two attorneys who are familiar with the case but not directly involved. Attorneys Ravi Rayasam and Musa Ghanayem said there is likely a lot of behind-the-scenes scrambling going on right now by some attorneys.

    "The old saying is the first to squeal, gets the deal," Ghanayem told Channel 2's Tony Thomas.

    "That's something that's going to play out behind the scenes in the coming months if not coming years," Rayasam added.

    Both believe the judge will have to take a strong stance in order to keep the large number of defendants and lawyers involved in line.

    Analysts also believe the large RICO case will likely be broken down into several smaller trials.

    "I think at the end of the day, the focus is going to be making this a bunch of manageable smaller trials," Rayasam said.

    And when asked when these trials may start, Rayasam replied, "Not in 2013, maybe not in 2014, no one really knows the answer to that."

    And at least one attorney is promising a big fight.

    "I want to make it as difficult as f****** possible for those sons of b*****s," Defense Attorney Bruce Harvey told reporters outside the Fulton County Jail Tuesday.

    He was referring to prosecutors who filed the racketeering case and will try the cases that make it to trial.

    Harvey represents two of the defendants.

    While all 35 are now free on bond, even getting into jail was hard for one of the accused.

    Willie Davenport was the only person who had not been booked as of Wednesday morning.

    She tried, but was turned away because the warrant for her arrest had the wrong Social Security number and listed her as male.

    Her attorney said she is having a difficult time as she is being treated for cancer.

    A new warrant was issued for Davenport and shortly after 3 p.m. she posted bond and left the Fulton County Jail.

    Initially hearings in the case were put on the docket for Friday, but that is no longer the case. Arraignment dates for each defendant will be set in the future.

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