Will Bo Jackson testify in ethics trial of Alabama speaker?

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) – Defense lawyers for indicted Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard say they might seek testimony from a number character witnesses, including Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson.

The public corruption trial resumes Tuesday as prosecutors appear to be nearing the end of their witness list. Former Gov. Bob Riley returns to the stand for what will be his third day of testimony.

Defense lawyer Bill Baxley gave the trial judge names of potential character witnesses, including Jackson, a revered football hero.

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 legal.

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