By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter
MONTGOMERY—A who’s-who of politicos, business titans, lobbyists, and operatives, are among the some 135 witnesses called by the prosecution, in the felony public corruption trial of Speaker Mike Hubbard.
It has been said, that Hubbard would be very surprised to see who may be testifying against him. Given the names of those who may take the stand to detail his alleged crimes and schemes, he should be terrified. From his mentor, former Gov. Bob Riley, to his closest allies at Swatek, Azbell, Howe, & Ross, all will be on cue at the Lee County Justice Center on May 9, according to the subpoenas. Judge Jacob Walker, III, has set the trial date as May 16, but may change to the earlier date of May 9.
Hubbard’s former chief of staff, Josh Blades, as well as current communications director, Racheal Adams, will bare witness to what they saw and heard in Hubbard’s inner sanctum.
Norris Green, former Director of the Legislative Fiscal Office, (LFO), former legislative counsel for the House, Jason Isbell, Director of Commerce Greg Canfield, and former State Health Officer, Dr. Don Williamson, are to give testimony for the prosecution.
So will BCA Chairman, Billy Canary, and business leaders, Will Brooke, Jimmy Rane, Rob Barton, Robert Abrams, James Holbrook, those representing American Pharmacy Cooperative, Inc., (APCI), the Southeast Alabama Gas District (SEAGD), and Edgenuity, Inc., and/or E2020, as this publication predicted in November 2015.
Senator President Pro Tempore Del Marsh is a witness, and many more senators including, Tom Whatley (R-Aubrun), Bill Holzclaw (R-Madison), Clay Scofield (R-Arab), Gerald Allen (R-East Cottondale), and others.
Representatives, Steve Clouse, Paul Lee, James Carns, Allen Farley, Steve French, Terri Collins, and there are more.
Former Lt. Gov. turned lobbyist Steve Windom, as well as RSA Chairman David Bronner, and Gov. Robert Bentley, have all received subpoenas to testify.
Perhaps, as never before, the State’s political elite will be sworn in to give testimony of their knowledge, and in some cases, cooperation in Hubbard’s alleged crimes.
The following have received subpoenas from the prosecution:
Sidney Rue Braille
Norman Downey, Regions Bank
Nicole Schmidt, Regions Bank, Custody of Records
Minda Riley Campbell
Kate McCormick Anderson
Thomas Barry Whatley
David Gaines Lanier
Matthew David Azbell
Bertha Mary Lawrence
John Gregory Henderson
Gregory P. Fee
Custodian of Records, ALGOP
Harold Sachs, ALGOP
Kelli Littlejohn Newman
Shannon Quinn Carroll
W. Thomas Johnson, COR, Auburn Bank
Maryann Ramos, COR, Wells Fargo
IMG, Custodian of Records
Tales Dzenitis, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Emily A. Hendrix, COR, Verizon Wireless
Bauer Barsoum, COR, Verizon Wireless