By Bill Britt
Alabama Politcal Reporter
MONTGOMERY—Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) once again uses complaints from a disgraced Deputy Attorney General to justify dismissal of the felony charges against him.
In his court filing on Monday, Hubbard’s attorney, J. Mark White rehashes a series of complaints filed by former Deputy Attorney General Henry “Sonny” T. Reagan to ask the court to dismiss the case against Hubbard on the grounds of prosecutorial misconduct.
Hubbard’s attorney uses 123 pages to layout a case of misconduct by Special Attorney General W. Van Davis and Chief of the AG’s White Collar Crime Unit M. Matt Hart.
White claims that the prosecution, the investigation and the Grand Jury have all been tainted. However, the star witness in the complaint is Reagan, who resigned his position at the Attorney General’s Office in lieu of termination. AG Strange described the reason for Reagan’s resignation: “…the fact that Mr. Reagan breached his duty of loyalty to the State of Alabama and this Office, failed to safeguard the confidences of the Office, and violated the trust of his colleagues, all in violation of the policies of this Office and the Rules of the State Personnel Board.”
Hubbard’s team is also basing this motion solely on a man who, according to his boss, “took part in inter-office conversations related to the Special Grand Jury, all the while concealing his simultaneous representation by the criminal defense team.”
We have learned from court records requested by White that Reagan was giving confidential Grand Jury information to Rob Riley and Hubbard as early as 2013.
It is also known that Reagan shared attorneys with not only Hubbard but with Rep. Barry Moore (R- Enterprise), who was accused of lying to the same Grand Jury that indicted Hubbard (Moore was later acquitted).
White also accuses Hart of leaking information to this reporter (not true) as well as John Archibald of al.com.
Hubbard’s “mouthpiece” uses a secretly taped conversation between radio talking-head Leland Whaley and Hart as evidence of leaking confidential information.
It seems Hubbard just wants to put the prosecution on trial at the April 15, hearing before Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker.
According to the motion, Hubbard’s defense has subpoenaed: Lori Arnold, the Custodian of Records; Charla Doucet; Tim Fuhrman; Claire Haynes; Bill Lisenby, Jr.; Jesse Seroyer; Howard E. Sisson; Luther Strange; Kevin Turner; and Amber Lunceford Turnow to testify.