“A special grand jury has been impaneled to look into Cobb County’s failed laptop program. A group of county judges decided Thursday to initiate the criminal investigation to determine whether the contract for the $100 million program was manipulated in favor of Apple computer,” The Associated Press reports.
“Former Cobb County School Superintendent Joe Redden has said the investigation is politically motivated,” AP reports. “Cobb County District Attorney Pat Head said he completed his probe of the laptop contract earlier this week and asked the judges for the grand jury.”
In what was supposed to be one of the largest school laptop programs in the world, Cobb County were originally to distribute 63,000 Apple iBooks. “On Aug. 14, a report by a corporate investigator alleged bias and deception in the bidding process for the contract won by Apple Computer. Redden defended himself and his staff after the critical report, denying any undue influence. But school board members voted to terminate the contract,” AP reports.
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MacDailyNews Take: Leave it to good old Cobb to snap us back to reality when we’re so pumped with anticipation over next week’s dual Apple fests: fourth quarter earnings and the secretive “One more thing” event… The Cobb County soap opera always delivers.
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