- Associated Press - Friday, March 11, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama appeals court says a former municipal magistrate in Leeds can pursue a lawsuit claiming she was wrongfully prosecuted after audits revealed nearly $100,000 missing from the city.

The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals ruled Friday that Fernessa McConico can sue a prosecutor and mayor for malicious prosecution.

The judges didn’t disturb other parts of a ruling that threw out separate claims by McConico.

The court’s opinion says McConico had been a magistrate in Leeds for about a decade when she was placed on leave during an audit in 2008. About $94,000 was discovered missing, and the woman was later charged with theft.

The charges were dismissed in 2013 and McConico sued for malicious prosecution. The court at first dismissed the suit but now says it can go forward.

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