Ex-Ala. court clerk guilty in line jumping scheme

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - One of three former Jefferson County employees who was indicted for ethics violations has pleaded guilty to using her position for personal gain.

Former Revenue Department clerk Alisha Cole appeared in Jefferson County Circuit Court on Monday.

Cole and two other clerks were accused of taking money from people to let them get ahead at lines at one of the Jefferson County courthouses, where residents sometimes have to wait in line for hours for routine tasks like renewing their car tags.

The other two women who were involved also appeared for a preliminary hearing and are expected back in court July 7.

Cole pleaded guilty to one charge and prosecutors dropped a second one against her. Her sentencing is scheduled for April 25.

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