Former Alabama Secretary of State Seeks Delay in Trial

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   MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Attorneys for former Secretary of State
Nancy Worley have asked a judge to delay her criminal trial, which
is scheduled to start Monday.
   Montgomery County Circuit Judge Truman Hobbs Jr. has scheduled a
status conference Wednesday, where he could decide whether to go
forward with the trial accusing Alabama's former chief elections
officer of violating election laws.
   In court papers, Worley's attorneys seek the delay because she
recently changed lawyers and because they say the attorney general
hasn't turned over all the statements from people who were
interviewed in the investigation.
   Anderson said Tuesday some of the evidence that the attorney
general's office turned over to the defense team is on CDs that
won't open properly, and there were no statements turned over from
some of the secretary of state's employees mentioned in the
   In response, Assistant Attorney General Ben Mark Baxley said the
state has turned over everything, and the trial shouldn't be
   "The state is ready for trial," Baxley said in court
   In an interview Monday, Worley said her attorneys want the
delay, but she is ready to get the trial concluded.
   "I always quote the Jerry Clower story where he was chased up a
tree by a bobcat and he told someone on the ground, 'Shoot up here
among us. One of us needs some relief,"' she said.
   After an investigation by Attorney General Troy King's staff, a
Montgomery County grand jury indicted Worley in March on five
felony counts of soliciting campaign contributions from five
employees and five misdemeanor counts of using her official
position to influence the votes or political actions of the same
five employees.
   Worley, a Democrat, was running for re-election when she sent a
letter, bumper sticker and campaign contribution envelope to her
employees on April 26, 2006. In the letter, Worley wrote that she
would be honored if the employees put the bumper stickers on their
vehicles, but she added that employees could support another
candidate "without any problems from me."
   Worley was facing one of her employees, Ed Packard, in the June
Democratic primary, and he filed a complaint with the attorney
general, who started an investigation that led to the indictment.
   Worley won the Democratic primary but lost the general election
in November to Republican Beth Chapman. In January, she was elected
first vice chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party, and then she
got indicted in March.
   Since the indictment, Worley has changed attorneys three times
and is now back to her original attorney, James Anderson of
Montgomery, plus a new attorney, Don Jones of Montgomery.
   Worley, a two-time president of the Alabama Education
Association, has been free since her indictment and has been going
ahead with her normal activities. She has asked the judge for
permission to leave the state June 25 for nearly two weeks to go to
Philadelphia for a convention of the National Education
Association, AEA's parent organization.

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