Judge Sets Hearing in Ethics Case


A judge has set a hearing on House Speaker Mike Hubbard's claims of prosecutorial misconduct and argument that the ethics law is unconstitutional. Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker scheduled the hearing for October 26. Walker said for Hubbard to prevail, he must prove misconduct that substantially impacted a grand jury's decision to indict Hubbard. Hubbard faces 23 ethics charges accusing him of using his public offices to benefit his businesses. Hubbard's defense has argued that it is a selective prosecution and the ethics law is both unconstitutionally broad and being misapplied by prosecutors. Walker will hold a separate October 20 hearing on defense efforts to subpoena witnesses. Defense lawyers are seeking additional testimony from Attorney General Luther Strange and others. Strange recused himself in the early days of the investigation.

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