Jury selected in retrial of Ala. lawmaker

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - Jury selection has been completed in the second fraud trial of Alabama state Rep. Sue Schmitz, and the trial is scheduled to begin on Thursday.

Attorneys completed the selection process just before 6 p.m. Wednesday with the selection of four men and 11 women. U.S. District Judge David Proctor said the trial could last two weeks.

The 64-year-old Schmitz is a Democrat from the Madison County town of Toney. She is accused of getting a job linked to the state's two-year college system but doing little or no work.

Prosecutors contend Schmitz illegally received more than $177,000 through the job. Defense attorneys say she worked for the money.

Jurors weren't able to reach a verdict in Schmitz's first trial last year, and the judge declared a mistrial.

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