The attorney for former Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Beverly Hall is speaking out for the first time since her arrest.
Former U.S. Attorney Richard Deane, who is now a defense attorney, admits it's a difficult case his client is facing. But he wants the public to remember Hall is innocent until proven otherwise.
"She is presumed to be innocent of these charges and frankly she is innocent of these charges," he tells WSB's Sandra Parrish.
Deane denies Hall knew anything about test cheating and did not set too high of standards for other educators to encourage it.
"Those expectations and targets she put in place were transparent. Everybody knew what they were and they were approved by the board," he says.
When asked if Hall should have been suspect of the inflated scores, Deane says she used several measures to assess them.
"She was monitoring any number of improvements within the system... and we think that those metrics indicated that there was reason to believe the things that she was doing were succeeding," he says.
As for whether Deane will seek a change of venue in the case, he says it's certainly something they will consider but no decision has been made.