The new indictments provide specifics. Cotman is accused of threatening a witness by placing her in fear of retaliation and demotion if she cooperated with any investigation. Similarly, Pitts is accused of threatening a female employee and other staff at Parks Middle if they cooperated with the governor’s special investigators who looked into test-cheating at APS.
“The new indictments added more specificity to the charges but did not change the substantive offense,” Deputy District Attorney Fani Willis said in a motion filed Friday.
Bruce Harvey, a criminal defense attorney who has represented Middlebrooks, criticized prosecutors for obtaining a faulty indictment to begin with.
“It’s the same old wine in a brand new bottle,” Harvey said. “I think it shows the paucity of the evidence supporting their conspiracy theory and their legal reasoning.”