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Ala. appeals court fail to resolve case against ex-state official
By Ala. appeals hits snag in case against ex-secretary of state
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - A state appeals court is unable to agree
on whether felony charges should have been thrown out against
former Secretary of State Nancy Worley.
That has prompted Alabama's chief justice to appoint another
judge to the three-judge panel to try to resolve a stalemate in
Worley's case that has lasted two years.
Court records show Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb added former
Supreme Court Justice Bernard Harwood to the smaller-than-usual
panel of the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. The court records
don't indicate how the three judges were split. But at least three
judges must agree on an outcome, and the three reviewing the issue
were not unanimous.
Since 2007, the appeals court has been considering whether a
Montgomery judge properly threw out five felony elections charges
against the former secretary of state.