Testimony continues in trial of Alabama House speaker
OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) – Prosecutors are nearing the end of the first week of testimony in their ethics case against Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard.
The attorney general’s office plans to call a number of witnesses related to Hubbard’s consulting contract with a gas utility in southeast Alabama. Hubbard is accused of using his position as speaker to lobby the governor and others on behalf of the utility.
Prosecutors have accused Hubbard of using his political positions to solicit $2.3 million in work and business investments from people with business before the Alabama Legislature. Defense lawyers argue that the transactions were legal and Hubbard sought advice to make sure he was within the bounds of the state ethics law.
The trial is expected to last three weeks.
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