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 Pre-Trial Rescheduled

April 1, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—On Thursday, Judge Jacob Walker, III, granted a motion for the continuance of Speaker Mike Hubbard’s pre-trial conference date, to April 20 at 9:00 am.

On Wednesday, Hubbard’s defense asked for a continuance of the April 15 pre-trial date, set in an order by Walker earlier this week.

Hubbard asked for a continuance to the week following the date set by Walker claiming, that Bill Baxley and David McKnight have a conflicting trial schedule for the week of April 11. They asked that the court date be rescheduled to either April 20, 21 or 22.
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Judge Walker Orders Hubbard Trial April 11

March 18, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The trial judge in the Speaker Mike Hubbard felony case made one thing perfectly clear during Thursday’s hearing: Hubbard will have his day in court very soon.

Judge Jacob Walker, III, has granted a small continuance to allow for housekeeping and any writs of mandamus, but set certain the date of April 11, for the the jury trial to began. Judge Walker set March 28 for a pre-trial conference with voir dire to follow.
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