Efforts to reach the sites by email and Twitter were not immediately successful. The stories, hedged on the vague definition of "recently," discuss decade-old criminal allegations against Worley, and do not make clear that most of the charges against her were dropped.
Worley had served as Alabama's secretary of state. She was indicted in 2007 on charges that stemmed from campaign material she sent to her employees in the secretary of state's office during her 2006 re-election bid.
Worley in 2012 pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of soliciting campaign support from her office staff. Prosecutors agreed to drop four other misdemeanors and five felony charges.
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