No Delays for Hubbard Trial
A judge says that he won't delay the ethics trial of Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard, at least not for now. The Lee County Circuit Judge said at the end of a court hearing that he planned to deny a defense motion to postpone the trial until fall. The judge has yet to rule on dozens of motions in the case, including Hubbard's requests to dismiss the charges for various grounds. He said he would be issuing rulings soon, but noted the possibility that the losing side would try to appeal those ahead of trial. The March 28 trial date would coincide with the middle of the legislative session that begins February 2. Hubbard would be unable to preside over the House of Representatives when in court.