APS CHEATING SCANDAL
When the state brought racketeering charges against Atlanta Public School employees for cheating on tests and then covering it up, criminal defense attorneys said it was overkill.
Teachers, principals … racketeers?
On Wednesday, however, jurors unanimously agreed that 11 of the 12 former educators on trial were guilty of engaging in a racketeering conspiracy.
The federal racketeering law — called RICO, for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations — was enacted in 1970 to fight corruption and organized crime.