Not Just New York, Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard Corruption Trial Underway


Last week, the trial began for Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard (R), who was indicted on October 20, 2014, on 23 felony ethics violations.

The state has accused Hubbard of using his elected position and his former position as the state GOP chairman to generate more than $2.3 million in contracts and investments for his companies. Each count carries a maximum penalty of two to 20 years in prison and up to $30,000 in fines. If convicted on even one count, Hubbard will be automatically removed from office.

Hubbard’s attorney, Bill Baxley, said that the state’s claims are “mumbo jumbo” and stated that while Hubbard did do some of things that the state has accused him of, his client did not break the law. Baxley claims that the state’s ethics laws allow state lawmakers to conduct regular business dealings and that all of the investments and contracts that Hubbard received were because of his business relationships and friendships rather than from his leadership position.

In the words US Attorney Preet Bharara, "stay tuned."

Michael Benjamin
@SquarePegDem

About SquarePegDem

A former state legislator turned NY Post editorial board member, thought-leader, public affairs consultant and commentator, columnist and blogger. Michael has appeared on Al Jazeera America Tonight, NY1/Inside City Hall, FoxNews.com LIVE, YNN/Capital Tonight, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Fred Dicker Show, The Capitol Press Room, and The Daily Show. His op-eds have appeared in the NY Post, City and State, The Legislative Gazette, Bronx Times, The Troy Record, Buffalo News, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. To schedule speaking engagements, email MBenjamin9@optimum.net.
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