New York SAT 'Cheats' Can Skip Court Dates, Judge Says

NASSAU COUNTY, N.Y. -- A New York judge in the SAT cheating scandal ruled that two of the alleged test-takers could return to college for the duration of the case and show up in court only for major dates.

Attorneys for Josh Chefec and George Trane -- both 20 and accused of accepting up to $3,500 to take the test for classmates -- asked Judge Martin Massell to grant their clients waivers for routine court appearances.

The media attention "is upsetting to his family and to him," according to Trane's attorney, Eric Sachs.

A third allegedly bogus test-taker, Adam Justin, appeared before the judge, and his lawyer, Arnold Chris, declared that, "notwithstanding the [media] frenzy, it will be resolved in the courtroom, like any other case."

Chefec, Justin and Trane were arrested last week in the Nassau district attorney's probe of SAT cheating. The judge put off the next court date until Jan. 5.

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