Cotman’s lawyer, Benjamin Davis, opposed the introduction of the witness testimony. He described most of the witnesses as “disgruntled former employees.”
David has said Cotman is innocent of the charge against her and predicted she will be acquitted at trial.
Cotman also remains a defendant in the sweeping indictment that accuses her and 34 other former APS educators and officials of engaging in a racketeering conspiracy to inflate test scores. That indictment also accused Cotman of influencing a witness.
Cotman’s attorney had previously challenged the influencing a witness charge, saying it should be dismissed because it was too vague. In June, Fulton prosecutors obtained a new indictment, with a single influencing a witness charge that provided more specifics. It alleges that Cotman threatened Hawkins, the former Scott Elementary principal, by placing her in fear of retaliation and demotion if she cooperated with any investigation.
Davis quickly filed a motion for a speedy trial on the new indictment, which meant that if the influencing a witness charge were not tried by the end of August it would have to be dismissed.
After hearing all the testimony on Friday, Baxter said that while sitting on the bench he thinks of Las Vegas and where people go gambling.
“Sometimes they win, sometimes they lose,” Baxter said at the close of the hearing, not addressing either party in particular. “There needs to be some soul searching.”