Lawyer expresses concern over Hall’s illness

A lawyer for former Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Beverly Hall on Tuesday expressed concern whether his client, who is battling cancer, can endure the upcoming test-cheating trial.

“It’s obviously a concern,” attorney Richard Deane said after the conclusion of a status hearing before Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter. “She is seriously ill.”

Hall, who has Stage IV breast cancer, was admitted to the hospital on Saturday and released on Sunday, Deane said. On Monday, she was seeing her oncologist.

Deane said he will consult with Hall’s doctors on what course of action she should take next. Hall and 12 other defendants remain charged in the racketeering case. Deane has repeatedly said Hall is innocent of all charges.

During the hearing, Baxter said jury selection for the lengthy trial will begin April 28. Jury selection could take weeks, even months, to complete, the judge said.