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provides an about face from an atlanta judge thursday , superior court judge jerry baxter who doled out surprisingly harsh punishments to three teachers involved in a cheating scandal that he would reduce their sentences admitting he made a mistake , something's wrong , the former educators were convicted earlier this month for their part in one of the country's most widespread cheating scandals , he just about atlanta's public school system were accused of falsifying two thousand nine standardized test results , thirty five in total were indicted on conspiracy charges eleven were ultimately convicted , baxter originally sentenced the three highest ranking officials to seven year jail terms , we're just calling jenkins is covering the story some of the defense attorneys and community leaders start out punishment was far too severe for educators who were first time offenders and who have been convicted of nonviolence , one defense attorney said after court on thursday that he thought judge baxter had in fact been softened by that act like , he said the judge reduced the sentences in court on thursday to save face , the new sentences while reduced still call for three years behind bars