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Judge asks lawyers to speed pace in Schmitz Decatur trial

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - The judge presiding over the slow-moving fraud trial of state Rep. Sue Schmitz has asked attorneys to pick up the pace.

The Birmingham News reported on its Web site that U.S. District Judge David Proctor told prosecutors and defense attorneys that he was concerned about the pace of the trial after attorneys spent almost two hours questioning one witness Monday.

The trial in Decatur started its second week Monday.

The judge has told jurors the trial could last three to four weeks.

Federal prosecutors have accused the 63-year-old Schmitz with being paid more than $177,000 in her position with the two-year college system's Community Intensive Training for Youth and then rarely showing up for work.

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