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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Defense May Have Revealed Key Strategy

May 19, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Jury selection in the Speaker Mike Hubbard felony public corruption trial is complete, with twelve jurors and four alternates. During the three day process, there were hints of possible strategies from the defense that could prove troubling, not for the prosecution, but team Hubbard.

The jury is comprised of nine men and seven women. Five of the men and four of the woman are African-American, and four of the men and three of the women are white.
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Judge Walker Sets Hubbard Pre-Trial, Trial

March 30, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

OPELIKA—On Wednesday, Judge Jacob Walker, III, issued an order setting the case against Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard to go to trial in May.

Walker said that before Hubbard’s case, there are four cases to be tried in front of the May 9 jury. He cautioned that those cases could be resolved during the first week. He informed the parties that the trial could begin as soon as May 16, but ordered them to be prepared for trial on May 9, should the other cases not make it to trial.
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Handicapping the Governor’s Race (Continued)

December 2, 2015

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

This week we will continue counting down and handicapping the prospective horses in the 2018 Alabama Gubernatorial Derby. We handicapped the following horses in descending order last week, Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (18), Supreme Court Justice Jim Main (17), Sen. Greg Reed (16), Sen. Arthur Orr (15) and Mayor Vaughn Stewart (14).

This week we begin with horse Number 13, a spot which is held by a mayor of a major city. Interestingly, four of the eighteen horses in the 2018 Alabama Derby are mayors.
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Hubbard Hangs “For Lease” Sign on Building

November 11, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Politcal Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Speaker Mike Hubbard’s Craftmaster Printers, Inc., building has a “For Lease” sign hanging out front.

This is seen as a growing sign that the embattled Hubbard is failing to meet his obligations, including payments to his legal defense team, as has been suggested by those close to the case. The printing company has undergone a series of reorganizations, a bankruptcy, and has attracted a “who’s who” of investors over the years. The company’s primary cash cow has been the business it has received from political campaigns. The State has charged Hubbard with illegally funneling money from the State Republican Party to Craftmaster as well as soliciting illegal investments using his office to personally profit his company and himself.
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Special Election Set for House District 80

November 10, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, November 9 Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) announced the timeline for a special election to fill the Alabama House District 80 seat vacated by the death of Representative Lesley Vance (R).  District 80 covers portions of Lee and Russell Counties. Governor Bentley said, “Representative Vance was a great man and a dedicated public servant. I know the next representative for District 80 will be a strong advocate for people in the district, just like Rep. Vance was during his time in the Alabama House of Representatives.”
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Who Will Take the Stand?

November 4, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The long list of witnesses subpoenaed for Speaker Mike Hubbard’s evidentiary hearing may only represent a small token of the people who will be called in his criminal trial.

The trial, set to begin on March 28, 2015, almost two-years after his indictment and arrest on 23 felony counts of public corruption, is guaranteed to bring a who’s who in the political world to the Lee County T.K. Davis Justice Center.
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Removing the Speaker

November 3, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The Alabama State Constitution defines how and when the Speaker of the House is elected. Mason’s Manual of Legislative Procedure offers how the Speaker must be removed.

Section 51 of the 1901 Constitution provides for the election of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of House of Representatives. Section 51 reads in part, “The senate, at the beginning of each regular session, and at such other times as may be necessary, shall elect one of its members president pro tem. thereof, to preside over its deliberations in the absence of the lieutenant-governor; and the house of representatives, at the beginning of each regular session, and at such other times as may be necessary, shall elect one of its members as speaker; and the president of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives shall hold their offices respectively, until their successors are elected and qualified.”
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Unequal Justice: Unprecedented Deference Shown to Hubbard: Opinion

November 2, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Since his indictment on 23 felony counts of public corruption, Speaker Mike Hubbard has been given preferential treatment. From the State House, to the media, and even the Sheriff of Lee County, Hubbard has been handled with kid gloves. Over the last several months, he has been given unwarranted privilege by the court. This was especially evident during this week’s hearing. He has been allowed to depose the State’s Attorney General, subpoena the prosecution, and granted an evidentiary hearing that veered outside of the confines of Judge Jacob Walker III’s orders.
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Who is Rep. Phil Williams?

October 6, 2015

 

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Not much was known about Rep. Phil Williams (R-Huntsville) before he decided to challenge Speaker Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) to lead the State House of Representatives. A closer look at Williams’ life and career brings into focus a real-life Alabamian’s rags-to-riches story. 

As the fourth of five boys raised by seventh generation Alabamians, Williams has traveled a long road from his family’s 800 sq. ft. farmhouse in Grassy, (a small town in Marshall County), to the State House in Montgomery.
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