Former governor resumes testimony in speaker’s trial

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) – Former Alabama Gov. Bob Riley will resume his testimony in the ethics trial of the state’s House speaker.

Riley will return to the witness stand Monday morning. Prosecutors began questioning Riley on Friday about emails House Speaker Mike Hubbard sent to him. Hubbard wrote that he wanted to work for Riley’s new lobbying firm.

Riley said the request was something of a running joke between them and weren’t always serious.

Hubbard faces 23 felony ethics charges accusing him of using his political positions to make money and seek financial favors, investments and employment from lobbyists and people with business before the Alabama Legislature.

Hubbard says he’s innocent and the transactions were within the bounds of the ethics law and its exemptions for longstanding friendships and normal business dealings.

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