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Behind Closed Doors in Lee County as Hearing Concludes

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

OPELIKA— On day three of the evidentiary hearing in the Mile Hubbard criminal case, all testimony was given behind closed doors.

Hubbard has claimed prosecutorial misconduct, selective prosecution, and the laws under which he was indicted as unconstitutional.

The proceedings began at 9:00 AM, and were to be opened to the public at 1:30 PM. However, reporters were informed the closed door hearing would continue until at least 3:00 PM.

During the day, disgraced former investigator for the Attorney General, Howard “Gene” Sisson, was seen entering and leaving the Lee County Justice Center. Sisson had been called to testify on Tuesday, but was excused from the stand after it was discovered he planned to testify to an ethics complaint that was allegedly against Matt Hart, Chief of the AG’s Special Prosecution Division.


In testimony given Tuesday, former Ethics Director James Sumner described the complaint as a complaint without evidence.

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Also seen entering the court house was former Attorney General employee Claire Haynes. Haynes is believed to have had a close relationship with discredited Deputy Attorney General  Henry T. “Sonny” Reagan, who was forced from the Attorney General’s office after it was discovered that he was trying to undermine the Lee County Grand Jury.

It is believed Pace Professor of Law, Bennett L. Gershman, was on hand to give testimony on the Alabama Constitution.

Hubbard’s evidentiary hearing concluded without testimony from Tina Belfance, Dick Brewbaker, John Carroll, Baron Coleman, William Van Davis, Charla Doucet, Hugh Evans, Steve French, Tim Fuhrman, Lynn Greer, Claire Haines, Matt Hart, Ed Henry, Stacey Johnson, Gaines Lanier, Bill Lisenby, Sandy McClure, John Rice, Luther Strange, Amber Turnow, or Kevin Turner.

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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