Prosecution fears losing key witness in Henderson case to marriage

September 21, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, the state’s attorney general’s office filed a motion in Jefferson County Circuit court to preserve testimony in the upcoming trial of suspended Jefferson County District Attorney Charles Todd Henderson. Specifically, special division’s chief, Matt Hart, asked the court to allow the prosecution to depose Yareima Carmen Valecillos Akl, Henderson’s alleged girlfriend, because the state fears the couple may marry before trial and invoke spousal privilege.

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House sets impeachment schedule

March 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, the Alabama House of Representatives released the Judiciary Committee’s schedule for the impeachment of Governor Robert Bentley.

The Special Counsel will release his report on April 7, 2017, and it will be made public by 5:00 pm. Hearings begin on April 10 and could run for days. The full House will not get the committee’s report until May 4, and that could, and likely will, be delayed by lawsuits and motions expected to be introduced by the Bentley defense team.
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Justice Moore’s Future Rests With Politically Appointed Court

September 29, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The fate of Chief Justice Roy S. Moore now rests with the Court of the Judiciary, an appointed body consisting of judges, lawyers, and private citizens. Those nine political appointees are Moore’s judge and jury and will return its verdict within ten days.

But perhaps Justice Moore’s indictment and subsequent trial belies a deeper question of about why the State grants a secretive commission comprised of political appointees with the power to indict an elected judge?
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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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Last Day of Hubbard Trial More Witnesses Were on Hand

June 22, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Perhaps the most damning piece of evidence in the trial of Mike Hubbard, was the proffer he signed in March, 2014. Certainly, when Lead Prosecutor, Matt Hart, revealed that Hubbard’s dead “close” friend was actually alive, that was the final nail in his coffin.

After Hubbard, the State called Senate President Pro Tem, Del Marsh, its only rebuttal witness. However, there were other rebuttal witnesses on hand, but the State must have realized the jury had enough information to decide the case. Those in waiting were, former House Rep. Blaine Galliher, Hubbard’s former Chief of Staff, Josh Blades and State Ethics Commission’s chief counsel, Hugh Evans, III.
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Billy Canary: “I Love Mike Hubbard Like a Brother”

June 6, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, June 3, 2016, two of the most influential lobbyists in the State of Alabama both independently used the line: “I love Mike Hubbard like a brother” in their testimony as to why they went out of their way to help the Speaker of the House. Within an hour of each other both Business Council of Alabama (BCA) President and CEO William “Billy” T. Canary and Minda Riley Campbell, an attorney and lobbyist with Bob Riley and Associates; both professed their love for Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) as their explanation for why they tried to assist the Speaker of the House in his almost insatiable quest to earn more money.
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The Battle Lines are Drawn

May 30, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The courtroom battle that is The State of Alabama v. Michael G. Hubbard is not a contest between prosecutor Matt Hart and defense attorney Bill Baxley. It is covert warfare between Justice and Riley Inc., with consigliere Rob Riley as mastermind of the behind-the-scenes, mob-style tactics.

Last Thursday, use of those tactics became quite obvious when former State Health Officer Dr. Don Williamson altered his testimony to aid Hubbard’s defense causing Hart to ask him, “Have you been threatened?”
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Day Four of Hubbard Trial

May 30, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, May 27, on day four of the State of Alabama versus Mike Hubbard, prosecutors attempted to continue to lay the argument that State Representative Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) was a profiteer who attempted to use his office to pursue wealth for himself.

The first witness of the day was Brett Buerck, a partner in Majority Strategies which also does business as Next Wave Communications. Buerck said that he runs the day to day business of Majority Strategies as well as some of the writing and some of the sales.
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Hubbard Trial Day Three: Witness Changes Testimony, Shocks Prosecution

May 27, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

OPELIKA—A series of witnesses made it clear that Speaker Mike Hubbard was intimately involved in placing language into the Medicaid portion of the General Fund Budget that would give his client, American Pharmacy Cooperative, Inc. (APCI), a monopoly over the multi-million dollar Medicaid pharmacy business. That was until former Alabama Health Officer, Don Williamson, took the stand.

By all indications from the prosecution, Williamson’s testimony had significantly changed from what he had previously told them. Reliable sources say they learned Williamson’s testimony had been compromised. The two sources, who asked to remain anonymous, have informed APR that they knew Williamson was going to “walk back” his testimony 24 hours before he took the stand.
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Hey Everybody Let’s Have A Trial!

May 2, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Last week, Judge Jacob Walker, III, finally said enough is enough, and with that, Speaker Mike Hubbard is fated to stand trial on 23 felony counts of public corruption in May. This will be some 577 days after being indicted. Jury selection will begin the week of May 16, with opening statements projected for May 24 or 25.

Despite Hubbard’s attorneys Bill Baxley and Lance Bell whining like a pair of 13-year-old girls begging daddy for tickets to a Justin Bieber concert, and David McKnight threatening to upend the trial opening, the Judge said, “No.”
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