In-depth: Former House Speaker files written brief in appeals case

May 25, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

AUBURN — Former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard and his team of attorneys have filed their opening brief with the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, taking the first major step in the appeals process as his defense team works to overturn his 12 felony ethics convictions.

Hubbard’s defense attorneys argue in the new brief that prosecutors from the Alabama Attorney General’s Office used an overly broad interpretation of State ethics laws to get Hubbard convicted by the jury. They say he should be acquitted of the charges.

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Hubbard has until April 26 to file written brief for his appeals trial

April 6, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Gov. Robert Bentley’s alleged ethics violations might be all over the news right now, but former House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s ethics convictions might be back in your newsfeed again soon.

There has been little movement in former House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s appeals case since he first filed a request for an appeal last fall, but all of that could change this month.

The Court of Criminal Appeals has set April 26 as the deadline for Hubbard’s attorneys to submit their first written brief, according to court documents. That would be the first substantial move in Hubbard’s fight to overturn his 12 felony ethics convictions.

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The State may learn why Hubbard’s original attorneys quit his case

March 2, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — A judge has agreed to add to the court’s record portions of a pretrial hearing last year. During the hearing, former House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s original legal team was given permission to withdraw from his case.

The judge ruled in favor of State prosecutors who asked for the record to be supplemented.

Late last month, prosecutors for the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Division filed a motion with the Lee County Circuit Court requesting to add the portions of the hearing on Jan. 8 when Hubbard’s former attorneys, Mark White and Augusta Dowd, were taken off of his case.

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Hubbard appeal filing deadline extended again

February 1, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Former House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s ethics conviction appeal has been delayed again.

On Monday, the Lee County Circuit Court asked for another time extension of 28 days to allow the Court Circuit Clerk to file the Court Record of Appeal. The Court of Criminal Appeals granted the extension Tuesday, giving the Lee County Circuit Court until March 1 to submit the record.

Hubbard’s case involves twelve felony ethics guilty charges, and, according to the Court documents, consists of “well over 550 filings” including motions, orders and other documents.  Circuit Clerk Mary Roberson said the filing will be “voluminous.”

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Former House Speaker Mike Hubbard Denied New Trial in Lee County

October 19, 2016

By Chip Brownlee
The Alabama Political Reporter

AUBURN—Former House Speaker Mike Hubbard will not get a new chance to try his case in front of Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob A. Walker.

On Tuesday, Walker explicitly denied a motion — which was automatically denied early last month — from Hubbard requesting a retrial based on juror misconduct allegations.

Hubbard’s defense attorneys in August submitted an affidavit from a juror who said other jurors were biased and failed to follow Walker’s orders to not discuss the trial outside of deliberations.
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Just a Good Ole Boy

October 19, 2016

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE

By Steve Flowers

Ole Bill Baxley has been in the news a lot this year. He was the lead defense counsel for former Speaker Mike Hubbard’s ethics conviction trial over in Opelika. Baxley practices law in Birmingham and is one of the state’s premier and most expensive criminal defense lawyers. Like a good many of the top defense attorneys, Baxley was first a prosecutor and a doggone good one.
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Hubbard’s Lee County Trial Finally Ends in Silence

September 14, 2016

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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Felon Hubbard Seeks Friends and Cash

August 22, 2016

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

August 12, 2016

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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Hubbard Continues to Swipe at Judge Walker

August 8, 2016

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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