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Special grand jury investigating possible public corruption

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LEE COUNTY, AL (WSFA) -

A special grand jury hearing evidence on possible public corruption met Thursday at the Lee County Justice Center.

The group has already handed up one four-count indictment against Rep. Barry Moore, R – Enterprise, on charges of lying to investigators and perjury.

The charges stem from a conversation he had with his primary opponent, Josh Pipkin, and threats that allegedly came from Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard to kill a jobs deal in Enterprise.

"Barry Moore is a great legislator," Rep. Hubbard said during an interview Thursday. "All I can say is that representative Moore and I worked very hard together for the benefit of his district and I am absolutely certain that he will continue to do that and I will assist him."

Hubbard won't comment directly on the grand jury that's been meeting this week. He did add that he's always cooperated with law enforcement and will continue to do so.

The grand jury process is normally a secretive one, however in court documents filed recently that were in reference to Rep. Moore's indictment, prosecutors made reference to the fact that the grand jury would meet during the week of May 12.

Rep. Greg Wren has also been cooperating with the jury after he struck a deal with prosecutors to enter a guilty plea to a reduced ethics violation of using his office for personal gain. The charge had to do with language in the General Fund Budget that had to do with Medicaid. Wren did consulting work for a company lobbying the legislature and he later provided information to the group that it could have only received based on Wren's position in the legislature.

Hubbard's name came up multiple times in Wren's affidavit but insists that Wren's dealings did not involve him.

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