Hubbard’s Lee County Trial Finally Ends in Silence

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The post-trial appeal of convicted felon and former Speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard, finally expired on September 8, in silence, according to the Attorney General’s office calculations.

For almost four years, Hubbard, aided by his criminal lawyers, used the State House, the Governor’s Office and some within the Attorney General’s office to deny, deflect and delay justice. Hubbard stormed the State House presiding over an orgy of greed and corruption. Those days are over for Hubbard and so is any appeal before the circuit court of Lee County.
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Hubbard’s Post-Trial Snoozer

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

OPELIKA—While searching for any thread of an argument that might lead to a new trial for convicted felon Mike Hubbard—once the most powerful politico in the state—attorney Bill Baxley whined, fretted and accused state prosecutors of blindsiding, bushwhacking and bamboozling his client.

Having written about Hubbard’s misdeeds since late 2012, the courtroom drama ending with his conviction makes Baxley’s latest attempt at the September 2 hearing feel like Hubbard trial 2.0 ad nauseam. Only Baxley’s fantastical leaps of legal logic and strained linguistic gymnastics kept the proceedings remotely interesting. Baxley argued several points, only winning on one issue with Judge Walker’s ruling that Hubbard would not be required to pay $1.125 million in restitution, as the prosecution asked.
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Attorney General Reacts to Hubbard Loyalist’s Plans for Ethics Reform

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Alabama House Ethics Committee Chairman, Mike Ball (R-Madison), announced his plans (yesterday) to form a commission to review the state’s ethics laws. Ball, a staunch defender of convicted felon and former House Speaker, Mike Hubbard, told WHNT-TV in Huntsville that his committee would “review the State’s Ethics laws and recommend improvements in time for the opening of the Alabama Legislature next year.”

However, just hours after APR published its story on Ball’s plan, Attorney General Luther Strange, sent his comments.  “I am strongly opposed to Rep. Mike Ball’s idea of a commission to review Alabama’s ethics law. The whole point of such a commission would be to undermine the law,” said Strange.  “Alabamians want our ethics laws enforced, not gutted.”
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Felon Hubbard Seeks Friends and Cash

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Earlier this month, convicted felon and former Alabama Speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard, sent an email to “business leader(s)” encouraging then to read his latest motion.

Hubbard writes, “…it very clearly lays out multiple reasons a new trial should be held, explains why the verdict on each charge was incorrect and how it negatively impacts business moving forward.”

Hubbard’s latest email appears to be a continuation of his public relations campaign to influence the public, remain relevant and raise much need cash for his criminal defense.
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Judge Walker Sets Hearing Date For Hubbard Motion

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—On Thursday, Judge Jacob Walker, III, set the hearing date for the post-trial motions in the Mike Hubbard case: September 2 at 9:00 a.m. in courtroom 3 of the Lee County Justice Center. The parties have two days to respond.

Last week, Bill Baxley, counsel for Hubbard, filed a motion with Walker’s court for an acquittal, or a new trial, citing that Jim Sumner should not have been able to give “expert” testimony in the case. They have also included claims of juror misconduct, as well as all of the arguments presented by the Defense, related to the counts upon which Hubbard was found guilty.
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Auburn City Schools Signs Contract With Felon

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Auburn City Schools entered into a contract with convicted felon, Mike Hubbard, in July, giving him exclusive rights to broadcast Auburn school sports for free.

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The school system rejected proposals from larger stations, who offered to pay for the rights. A comparison of the plans show Tiger Communications, with a broadcast signal of 25,000 watts, and the biggest coverage area in the county, offering $11,500 per year, for five years, for a total of $57,500.
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Hubbard Continues to Swipe at Judge Walker

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—In the most recent filing by convicted felon and former Speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard, he continues to accuse Judge Jacob Walker, III, of not doing his job. Hubbard asks the court for an acquittal, a new trial and other relief, citing Judge Walker allowing former Ethics Director, Jim Sumner, to testify as an expert witness, as grounds for the motion.

The motion states, “Hubbard requests a new trial under Rule 24.1(c)(2), because the State improperly presented putatively ‘expert’ testimony from witness Sumner about the meaning, purpose, and application of the laws under which Hubbard was charged.”
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State Seeks Restitution From Disgraced Speaker Hubbard

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—In a Supplemental Brief in support of a sentencing recommendation filed Friday, the State is asking that disgraced former Speaker Mike Hubbard be ordered to pay, $1,125,000.00 in restitution for his criminal acts.

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In July, Hubbard was convicted on 12 felony counts of public corruption, sentenced to four years hard time and sixteen years probation. The State had asked trial Judge Jacob Walker, III, to order restitution for Hubbard’s acts. However, Judge Walker said he couldn’t find statutory grounds for the State’s request, but allowed the State time to present additional case law.
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Hubbard Sentenced to 96 Years

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Almost two years after his indictment, Michael G. Hubbard was convicted and sentenced to 96 years, with a split sentence of 4 years in State prison, with no “good time” or chance of parole, and 16 years supervised probation. Judge Jacob Walker, III, also ordered Hubbard to pay fines equaling $210, 000 plus other court costs.

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The State asked the Court to require Hubbard to pay $1,125,000.00 in restitution. Judge Walker denied the State’s request saying, there no case law showing the State as victim. However, he gave the State 30 days to show case law where a state is considered a victim.
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Hubbard: Defiant and Unrepentant

By Bill Britt
Alabama Politcal Reporter

Michael G. Hubbard received a sentence of 96 years for his crimes.

However, because he was convicted under State ethics laws, Judge Jacob Walker, III, with advice from the State’s prosecution, gave him a split sentence of 4 years behind bars, with no “good time” or chance of parole, and 16 years probation.

There has been a cry of outrage over what is perceived as a light sentence for such a corrupt politician. But, this is actually a harsh sentence and a reasonable measure due to overcrowding in our State prison system. The State’s prosecution had recommended 5 years in prison and 12 years probation; very close to what Hubbard received.
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