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Hubbard’s Attorneys Fail to Guard Grand Jury Secrets

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—In a stunning example of incompetence, attorneys for Speaker Mike Hubbard revealed pages of grand jury information in violation of the State’s Grand Jury Secrecy Act by failing to properly redact their latest filings.

Even before Hubbard was indicted on 23 felony counts of public corruption his high-priced criminal defense attorney J. Mark White constantly whined about Grand Jury leaks, even though many leaks have been tracked back to Hubbard’s team.

In his latest filing on Hubbard behalf, White’s team failed to properly redact line after line of Grand Jury information in Hubbard’s Supplement To Motion To Dismiss For State’s Recent Violations Of Grand Jury Secrecy, filed Sept. 25.

Within minutes of downloading the documents, the Alabama Political Reporter was able to see every line of redacted material.

However, out of our respect for the legal process and the sanctity of the Grand Jury Secrecy Act, we immediately stopped the process. However, anyone with a general knowledge of MS Word could have accomplished the same feat.

Either through ignorance, incompetence, or with malicious intent, Hubbard’s attorneys revealed information that trial Judge Jacob Walker III, expressly had forbidden be made public.

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Hubbard’s attorneys as record have shown and now as this report reveals have been the leakers and not the State.


Bill Britt is editor-in-chief at the Alabama Political Reporter and host of The Voice of Alabama Politics. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.

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The AG's office finally filed its redacted transcripts of Hubbard's prison phone calls. Numerous pages are completely redacted.