Request To Delay Ethics Trial

Lawyers for Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard are asking to delay his ethics trial until August. Reports say defense lawyer Bill Baxley told a judge Wednesday that they could not be adequately prepared by next month. The Lee County Circuit Judge did not rule on the request. Prosecutors oppose any delay. Walker held a pretrial hearing Wednesday to discuss a number of lingering issues and motions before a jury is seated in the case. Another pretrial conference is expected. Hubbard faces felony ethics charges accusing him of using his public positions to benefit his businesses and clients. He has pleaded not guilty and maintains his innocence.


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