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.