Schmitz Trial Delayed Until Next Week

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The trial of former state Rep. Sue Schmitz has been delayed until next week.

Prosecutors rested their fraud case against the 63-year-old Schmitz Tuesday.

Defense attorneys had begun presenting their case and were expected to continue calling witnesses Wednesday morning.

But as court was convening, attorneys were called into a meeting with U. S. District Judge David Proctor.

After more than an hour, Proctor announced through a clerk that court was adjourned until Tuesday morning because of unexpected circumstances.

Attorneys and court officials would not immediately elaborate on the reason for the delay.

Schmitz is accused of using her political influence to get a job with a program that helps troubled teenagers and then doing little work.

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