Mistrial Declared in Sue Schmitz Case

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - The federal judge in state Rep. Sue Schmitz's fraud case has declared a mistrial after the jury was unable to reach a verdict.

U.S. District Judge David Proctor made the declaration Monday after jurors sent him a third note indicating they were unable to reach a unanimous verdict in their fourth day of deliberations.

Schmitz, a Democrat from Toney in north Alabama, was accused of getting $177,000 from a "no work" job in the 2-year college system.

Assistant U.S. Attorney William Athanas said the prosecution intends to bring the case to trial again.

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