Update: Schmitz might not be getting back pay after all

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A lawyer for Sue Schmitz, convicted of taking $177,000 in salary from a sham job with the two-year college system, says a Montgomery judge has been asked to stay his order for her to get back pay in a separate case.

Montgomery Circuit Judge Truman Hobbs Jr. ruled in January that Schmitz and two others were wrongly terminated in 2006 and were owed more than $170,000 in back pay. Schmitz lost her House seat when she was convicted in February.

Her attorney, William Patty of Montgomery, said they asked Hobbs to stay the back pay order at a hearing Friday. He said some criminal proceedings are still pending and they feel it's best to halt the order until those are complete.

It was not immediately known when Hobbs might rule.

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