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Dr. Joseph Lowery on APS Trial: ‘Racketeering Had No Business in This Equation’

The Rev. Joseph Lowery speaks during a press conference with a coalition of civil rights and attorneys groups saying African-American judges are disappearing from the bench in one of Georgia's most heavily-populated black counties and being replaced by white appointees Thursday, May 24, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
The Rev. Joseph Lowery speaks during a press conference with a coalition of civil rights and attorneys groups saying African-American judges are disappearing from the bench in one of Georgia’s most heavily-populated black counties and being replaced by white appointees Thursday, May 24, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

 

Atlanta (CBS 46) – Dr. Joseph Lowery released a statement Thursday saying that the prison time and fines handed out in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial were “ridiculous.”

Dr. Lowery asked “what statement have we made?” in his remarks, urging the judge in the case to make the convicted educators “teach, mentor and serve” the children impacted by the cheating scandal.

Dr. Lowery’s complete statement is below:

In Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice” a prosecutorial team demanded a pound of flesh from a man who owed a debt he seemed unable to pay. But, before they could secure the ‘pound of flesh’, a lawyer named Portia came forward and in beautiful and eloquent words, proclaimed…

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