A bad year for Alabama’s top leaders continues with jury selection Monday for House Speaker

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) – The speaker of the Alabama House is going on trial on felony ethics charges that could result in his removal from office.

Jury selection is set to begin Monday for state Rep. Mike Hubbard of Auburn. He’s facing 23 counts of using his office and past position as chairman of the Alabama GOP for personal gain.

Hubbard says he didn’t do anything illegal. A jury pulled from as many as 140 prospective jurors will decide his fate in a trial that officials say could last three weeks.

Hubbard’s trial comes as two other top Alabama officials are also at risk of losing their jobs.

Gov. Robert Bentley faces an impeachment move amid a sex-tinged scandal. Chief Justice Roy Moore is suspended after being accused of violating judicial ethics.

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