Testimony continues in trial of Alabama House speaker

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) – Testimony is continuing in the ethics trial of the Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard.

A state legislator and others are expected to testify Thursday about Hubbard’s role in 2013 budget language that could have benefited a pharmacy cooperative that was paying Hubbard.

Hubbard’s former chief of staff testified Wednesday that Hubbard didn’t tell him about two consulting contracts and that he was uncomfortable when lines blurred between Hubbard’s private and political work.

Prosecutors have accused Hubbard of using his political positions to make money and solicit favors such as investments from lobbyists. Defense lawyers argue that the transactions were aboveboard and Hubbard made sure not to run afoul of state ethics law.

Hubbard would be removed from office automatically if convicted of any of the 23 felony charges.

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