Jury selection starts in trial of Ala. lawmaker

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - Jury selection is under way in the second
fraud trial of Alabama state Rep. Sue Schmitz of Toney.

Schmitz's retrial began Tuesday in federal court in Decatur with
a judge addressing potential jurors. Nearly half of the prospective
jurors told attorneys they recalled hearing about the case through
news reports.

Prosecutors accused the 64-year-old Schmitz of using political
connections to get a job linked to Alabama's two-year colleges but
then doing little work. The Democratic legislator denies any
wrongdoing.

Schmitz's first trial was held last summer but ended in a
mistrial when jurors couldn't reach a unanimous verdict.


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