ATLANTA — The first defendant in the Atlanta Public Schools test cheating scandal was found not guilty Friday, dealing a major blow to prosecutors’ efforts.
A jury acquitted Tamara Cotman, a former area director with oversight of 21 schools in north Atlanta, of charges that she influenced a witness who claimed Cotman instructed principals to tell investigators to “go to hell.”
“I feel vindicated,” Cotman said after walking out of the courthouse. “I’m very much grateful to those who have been very supportive. … I’ve always said that I serve a God of truth and that the truth will set you free. And today I feel free.”