Former Deputy Attorney General Could Be Indicted

June 14, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—There is a very real possibility, that former Deputy Attorney General, Henry T. “Sonny” Reagan, will be indicted, due to his alleged role in trying to hinder the investigation into the crimes of former Speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard. Hubbard has been found guilty of twelve felony counts of public corruption, Reagan has been accused of participating in a scheme to thwart the Attorney General’s Special Prosecution Unit, from ever bringing Hubbard to justice.
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Lathan Comments on Hubbard Verdict

June 14, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Republican Party Chairman, Terry Lathan, said the party did the right thing when it audited the books revealing possible improprieties by former ALGOP Chairman former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn).

Chairman Lathan said, “With the announcement of Mike Hubbard’s guilty verdicts on twelve felony charges, the Alabama Republican Party is both deeply disappointed one of our leaders abused the trust placed in him and grateful that the rule of law has prevailed.”
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Guilty: The System Worked

June 13, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Michael G. Hubbard, on Friday, June 10, the thirteenth day of his trial, was found guilty on twelve counts of public corruption. The system worked. In an era where government, law enforcement and the media are accused daily of ineptitude, negligence and bias, that is not a phrase often heard. But, in the State v. Hubbard it worked, just as the framers of our Republic intended.
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Hubbard Charges: Guilty and Not Guilty

June 13, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

OPELIKA—Below we have grouped the counts for which the Lee County jury returned guilty and not guilty charges against Michael G. Hubbard. The jury was unanimous in all counts.

Each of these counts, according to Section 36-25-27 of the Code of Alabama 1975, constitutes a Class B felony with a punishment of no less than two years but no more than 20. The counts also come with a fine of no more than $30,000.
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Hubbard Found Guilty, State Leaders React

June 13, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Late Friday night, June 10, 2016, the Alabama Speaker of the House, State Representative Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) was guilty of twelve felony counts for ethics violations. The secret Grand Jury investigation that many politicos denied even existed turned into the 23 indictments they said would get thrown out of court, became the historical legacy of the first Republican to be the Speaker of the House in over 135 years. Hubbard, the author of Storming the Statehouse, ran the 2010 GOP campaign on a platform of historic ethics reforms. Ironically it was the ethics law reforms that were his first achievements as Speaker that ultimately brought him to ruin. Many state officials released statements following the announcement.
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Hubbard Trial Day Twelve: Prosecution Stings Hubbard

June 10, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

OPELIKA—The State of Alabama v. Michael G. Hubbard, day twelve, marked the beginning of the end for the criminal trial that has been years in the making. It is tempting to use a multitude of adjectives to describe the most surreal day to date.

Suffice it to say, it was dramatic and bizarre.

The trial began with Lead Prosecutor, Matt Hart, cross examining Hubbard, using a proffer Hubbard signed in March, 2014. The Prosecution was able to impeach Hubbard on several points in his testimony before the court. During the trial, evidence showed Josh Blades had initiated the calls to help Bobby Abrams’ company with a much needed patent, and it was Blades who did most of the work…on State time. However, in 2014, Hubbard told Hart and others in a sworn statement, that only he had made calls concerning the patent.
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Hubbard Trial, Day Eleven: Hubbard Says, “Not Guilty” Hart Replies “Not So Fast”

June 9, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

OPELIKA—In the matter of the State of Alabama v. Michael G. Hubbard, the defendant, during testimony on day eleven, sought to convince the jury that all of the charges against him were false. It was simply a matter of misunderstanding or misrepresenting the facts by the Prosecution.

Hubbard said that every investment in Craftmaster Printers was made by a friend. Then he added, that the investment by Sterns Agee, an agreement, was “a loan document.” They were not friends, even though the firm was given the same investment terms as everyone else.
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Hubbard Trial Day 10: What The Jury Didn’t Hear

June 8, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Politcal Reporter

OPELIKA—In what one veteran attorney called a desperate move, Michael G. Hubbard took the stand in his own defense today, the tenth day of his criminal trial.

The day began with Hubbard’s attorney, Bill Baxley, continuing his cross examination of former Governor Bob Riley, who was trying to woo the jury with his “political” charm.

Under cross examination, Baxley attempted to solicit Riley’s thoughts on the Ethics Laws. That led to an immediate objection by Lead Prosecutor, Matt Hart, which Judge Jacob Walker, III, sustained. Again, Baxley asked Riley to give his opinion on the Ethic Laws, to which Hart objected again. This resulted in Judge Walker telling Baxley, that line of questioning was not going to be allowed, and that he should move on. Baxley ignored the Judge’s instruction and attempted a third bite at the apple. Hart objected, and said the State would ask for sanctions against Baxley, if he continued. This led to a contentious sidebar, during which Baxley could be heard pleading with the Judge, and Hart saying we handled this yesterday. Apparently, there had been a hearing, without the jury or press in attendance, in which Judge Walker disallowed any testimony from Riley about his interpretation of the Ethics Laws. Baxley moved on, questioning Riley about economic development issues. Once again, Hart objected, and the Judge told Baxley to try something else. Riley’s testimony ended with a whimper, not with a bang, as Baxley had planned.
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Hubbard’s “Friends” Defense is Wishful Thinking

June 8, 2016

By Beth Clayton

Last week, I sat in on part of the Mike Hubbard criminal trial and listened to witnesses gush about what a great friend they consider Hubbard, how they love him “like a brother,” and how would do anything for him. This theme is, no doubt, part of the defense’s strategy to utilize the “friends” loophole in the state ethics laws that have brought Hubbard before a jury of his peers on 23 felony counts.
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Hubbard Trial Day Nine: Testimony Indicates Hubbard Merged Speaker’s Office With Riley’s Lobbying Firm

June 7, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

OPELIKA—Emails entered into evidence during former Gov. Bob Riley’s testimony on day nine, was a matrix of deals that benefited both Riley and Hubbard. Lead Prosecutor, Matt Hart, in email after email revealed a disturbing pattern where Riley would ask something from Hubbard, receive it, and vice versa, in a quid pro quo style transaction.

Under the Ethics Laws that Hubbard and Riley championed and passed, just one such action would result in a felony charge. These two men repeated the scheme numerous times.
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