Ala. Supreme Court Sides with Former Sec. of State

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Former Alabama Secretary of State Nancy
Worley has won an appeal involving the felony charges against her, but her three-year-old case is still a long way from being over.

The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday reversed a ruling by the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals that had reinstated felony charges against Worley. The Supreme Court told the lower court to review the matter again by evaluating the evidence the state attorney general's office expected to present against Worley.

Worley was indicted in 2007 on five felony charges of using her official position to influence the vote or political action of five of her employees. She was also indicted on five misdemeanor charges of soliciting a campaign contribution from five of her employees. A Montgomery judge threw out the five felonies. That started the appellate court review that is continuing.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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