Judge in Atlanta schools test-cheating trial lifts order barring news story related to case

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ATLANTA — The judge presiding over the Atlanta Public Schools test-cheating trial has lifted an order barring media outlets from reporting a specific story related to the case.

Media reports said Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter on Friday signed an order that prohibited the media, particularly television station Fox 5 Atlanta, from airing "a certain news story."

Baxter lifted the order during a hearing Monday before media lawyers got a chance to make arguments.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday after the order was lifted that the story in question is about a trial witness receiving an anonymous threat because of his testimony.

Before testimony in the trial began Monday, Baxter reminded the jury not to listen to any outside discussion of the story either from acquaintances or media.

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