Judge added to panel in Worley case

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A state appeals court is unable to agree on whether felony charges should have been thrown out against former Secretary of State Nancy Worley.

That has prompted Alabama's chief justice to appoint another judge to the three-judge panel to try to resolve a stalemate in Worley's case that has lasted two years.

Court records show Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb added former Supreme Court Justice Bernard Harwood to the smaller-than-usual panel of the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. The court records don't indicate how the three judges were split. But at least three judges must agree on an outcome, and the three reviewing the issue were not unanimous.

Since 2007, the appeals court has been considering whether a Montgomery judge properly threw out five felony elections charges against the former secretary of state.

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