Prosecution rests in Schmitz's trial

Decatur, Ala. (AP) - Federal prosecutors have rested their fraud case against state Rep. Sue Schmitz.

The north Alabama Democrat on trial in Decatur is accused of using her influence to get a post with a federally funded youth-mentoring program and then taking money without earning it.

Schmitz, of Toney, has denied the allegations.

Defense attorneys were opening their case Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge David Proctor rejected defense motions to throw out the charges after the prosecution rested.

The judge agreed with the defense that the government's evidence of mail fraud was sometimes "indirect" but said it was sufficient to proceed.

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