Former House Speaker Mike Hubbard files appeal for ethics convictions

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Mike Hubbard, former Alabama Speaker of the House, and his wife, Susan, arrive for a post trial hearing at the Lee County Justice Center in Opelika, Ala., on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. Hubbard is seeking a new trial after being convicted on 12 felony ethics charges and removed from office. (Albert Cesare//The Montgomery Advertiser via […]

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Attorneys for former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard have appealed his 2016 ethics convictions with the Alabama Supreme Court.

Al.com reported Hubbard’s lawyers said prosecutors expanded the definition of Alabama’s ethics law on illegal conduct.

Hubbard was convicted in Lee County of 12 of 23 felony ethics charges and was sentenced to four years in prison. He’s been free while appealing.

His lawyers said there is no proof he violated any law, but prosecutors said Hubbard used his political position to acquire lucrative contracts for his company, the Auburn Network, and to obtain investments for the financially strapped Craftmaster Printers, where he was a partial owner.

The Attorney General’s Office had no comment, but earlier this month, Attorney General Steve Marshall said he’s confident the convictions will be upheld.
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Information from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews

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