Some are using a stalking horse to undermine ethics laws

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The greatest challenge before the Alabama State Legislature when it returns in February is not the budget, schools or Medicaid. It is the slight of hand chicanery used to undermine the State’s ethics laws.

Since the conviction of former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard on 12 felony ethics violations, a coordinated effort has been underway to weaken those laws, with particular focus on how

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State May Come After Hubbard’s Assets

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Under the 2014 Forfeiture Act, the State can seize Mike Hubbard’s assets, because they were used in the commission of a crime. Hubbard, on June 10, was found guilty of twelve felony counts of public corruption for which he faces up to twenty years in State prison, and $30,000 in fines for each count.

The Criminal Proceeds Forfeiture Act provides that “any property, proceeds

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More Indictments Likely

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—When asked if there would be more indictments, Acting Attorney General W. Van Davis said, “No Comment.” That statement should strike fear in the heart of anyone named in the counts on which Mike Hubbard was found guilty.

Hubbard was found guilty on seven counts of receiving a thing of value from a lobbyist or a principal under Section 36-25-5.1 (a) which forbids “[a] public employee

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Hubbard Trial Day Seven: Only The Jury Knows

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

OPELIKA—On Day seven of the Speaker Mike Hubbard criminal public corruption trail, we heard testimony from Bobby Abrams, Rob Burton, and Jimmy Rane.

Abrams, who owns the company Capitol Cups, paid Hubbard $10,000 a month ostensibly to sell cups. Abrams admitted that if Hubbard had secured the letter for his patent in a timely fashion, it would have saved him millions of dollars. And while Hubbard

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Special Grand Jury Still Empaneled to Investigate Hubbard, Others

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter 

MONTGOMERY—After months of testimony, millions of pages of documents, and 23 felony indictments retuned against the Speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard, the Lee County Grand Jury still remains empaneled.

In the latest court filings in the lead-up to Hubbard’s criminal trial in October, it was revealed that the Special Grand Jury in Lee County continues to meet as “an investigatory body charged

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New Court Filings Show Matrix of Overlapping Attorneys May Have Shared Privileged Information

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter 

MONTGOMERY—Motions filed Monday in the felony case against Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard show, that through a complex structure of attorneys, Hubbard and others were able to share information about the inner workings of the Grand Jury investigation that led to his criminal indictments.

On Friday, Hubbard’s criminal defense team filed a Supplement to Motions to Dismiss Indictment based on

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Hubbard Cries Poor With Millions In Assets

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Documents released on Friday by the State’s prosecution in the corruption case of Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard show that Hubbard claimed he was on the brink of financial ruin, even though he had millions in personal assets.

Emails released, at the request of Hubbard’s criminal defense attorney, J. Mark White, paint a picture of a man desperate to earn money by receiving financial

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