Judge Refuses to Delay Alabama Legislator's Trial

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A judge has refused to delay the fraud
trial of a north Alabama legislator until after the end of the
Legislature's 2009 session.

State Rep. Sue Schmitz had asked U.S. District Judge David
Proctor to delay the start of her retrial from Feb. 10 until after
the session ends in May. The Democrat from Toney had complained
that her district would be without representation while she is in
court and she would miss important committee meetings.

But Proctor ruled Friday that Schmitz faces serious charges and
it's in the best interest of the public for the case to be
resolved.

Schmitz is accused of taking more than $175,000 in pay from a
job in the two-year college system and then performing little or no
work.

Her first trial last summer ended in a mistrial.

If convicted, Schmitz would lose her position in the Legislature.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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