MONTGOMERY, AL., -- Governor Bob Riley issued the following statement about the verdict returned today in the trial of Rep. Sue Schmitz:
"This trial pointed out exactly why double dipping must be banned. It proved that Montgomery insiders turned the state's two-year college system into a no-work jobs program for legislators. It proved that taxpayer dollars intended for educating students were instead used to bankroll a job for a well-connected legislator, a job for which she never showed up for work. It proved that those who ran the program feared reprimanding her precisely because she was a legislator who could use her influence in Montgomery to hurt them."