Judge appointed to federal court among those who have yet to rule on Hubbard’s appeal

February 12, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals Associate Judge Liles C. Burke is one of four members on the court who has not ruled on former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard’s appeal on 12 counts of felony public corruption. The court has been in procession of the final appeals arguments for some seven months — much longer than an average case, even capital murder.

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What’s taking so long with the Mike Hubbard appeal?

January 24, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

On Oct. 5, 2016, former House Speaker Mike Hubbard, two months removed from being found guilty of 12 felonies, officially filed an appeal in his case with the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.

Thirteen days later, in a Baldwin County Circuit Court, Justin Shawn Miller went on trial for robbing the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Gulf Shores. Like Hubbard, Miller was convicted, sentenced and subsequently filed an appeal in mid-March 2017.

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Longtime Pickens County prosecutor Chris McCool qualifies for Criminal Appeals race

January 23, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Longtime Pickens County prosecutor Chris McCool, district attorney for the 24th Judicial Circuit, recently qualified to run for the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.

McCool, who serves as the lead prosecutor for Fayette, Lamar and Pickens County, will seek the Republican nomination for Place 2 on the June 5 ballot. The position on the court is expected to be vacated if Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Liles Burke, who was nominated by President Donald Trump to a federal judgeship, is confirmed by the Senate.

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Want Mike Hubbard on your voicemail?

March 16, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

What’s a convicted felon to do while out on bond?

If you’re the disgraced felon, and former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, you offer to be “the voice” of products and services. In a letter widely distributed to media companies, Hubbard wrote, “Performing voice-overs for various projects has been one of my favorite and most enjoyable jobs during my career in collegiate sports and broadcasting.”
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Lots of Stuff to Write About in Alabama

October 20, 2016

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Oh, the stuff to write about. I’ve told this story before, but it deserves retelling:

The late, great Ron Casey, editorial page editor at The Birmingham News before dying unexpectedly after speaking to a journalism class at Samford University early in 2000, had a saying that went something like this:

“If you want to write about fine wines, move to France. If you want to write political opinion, move to Alabama.”
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Hubbard Files Notice of Appeal on Felony Ethics Conviction

October 7, 2016

By Chip Brownlee
The Alabama Political Reporter

AUBURN — Mike Hubbard is fighting to avoid his four-year sentence in an over-crowded Alabama prison. Hubbard and his attorneys have filed a notice of appeal of his felony ethics conviction, ushering in another trial for the former Alabama House speaker.

Bill Baxley, Hubbard’s lead defense attorney, submitted the appeal with Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals Wednesday afternoon.

“We’re very confident we’re going to prevail, and he’s going to be totally exonerated at the end of the day,” Baxley said.
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No Prosecutorial Misconduct, Hubbard Motion Denied

March 30, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—For over 18 months, Speaker Mike Hubbard and his criminal lawyers have accused the State of Prosecutorial Misconduct in its investigation and indictment of Hubbard. They enlisted an army of media hacks, talk show bullies, politicos and PR specialists to persuade, not only the trial judge, but also the public, that the State’s Attorney General’s Office had engaged in a corrupt prosecution of Hubbard, who is charged with 23 felony counts of public corruption.
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