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Day 3 of Sue Schmitz trial

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DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Day 3 of the Sue Schmitz trial and a jury is now listening to opening arguments and testimony. Schmitz is charged with accepting $177,000 in salary over 3 years for little or no work.

Prosecutors began by telling jurors the truth would always shine through.  Attorney William Athanas contends 3 of the most powerful men in Montgomery got the Toney legislator a job connected with the 2 year school system.  A job, prosecutors say, she spent little or no time doing, yet was paid 177 thousand dollars during 3 years.

Defense attorneys Buck and Jake Watson argued private industry donated computers, office furniture, and money to the non- profit agency because of Schmitz's work.  Prosecutors called former 2 year chancellor Roy Johnson to testify. He says he ordered Schmitz's hiring.

Johnson also said he is unemployable and on his way to prison for a long time. He also said he made a deal for "truthful testimony" so the U.S. Attorney's office would not prosecute his children.   Testimony continues Friday.  This trial is expected to last about 2 weeks.

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