Judge Delays Hubbard Trial


A judge has tentatively pushed backed indicted House Speaker Mike Hubbard's ethics trial until a date in March that overlaps with the 2016 legislative session. Circuit Judge Jacob Walker today granted a defense request to delay an October trial. However, defense lawyers objected to the new date, saying they could not be ready until early summer. Prosecutors and defense lawyers traded accusations during the hearing. Defense lawyers said prosecutors were being purposely difficult by giving them 2.5 million unindexed files. Prosecutors accused Hubbard's defense of trying to delay the case. Hubbard faces 23 felony ethics counts accusing him of using his public offices to enrich his businesses. Hubbard's attorneys have indicated they will challenge the constitutionality of the state ethics law he once championed.

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