MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A trial date has been set for March 9 in the case involving Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard who faces 23 felony ethics law violations.
The State of Alabama officially filed its case back in October against Hubbard following his indictment on the 23 felony charges.
Hubbard, 52, of Auburn, surrendered in October to special agents with the Attorney General's Office at the Lee County Jail, according to the Acting Attorney General W. Van Davis.
Davis and attorneys with the Special Prosecutions Division presented evidence to a Lee County Special Grand Jury. Hubbard has been indicted on the following charges:
- Four counts of using of his office as Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party for personal gain.
- One count of voting for legislation with a conflict of interest.
- Eleven counts of soliciting or receiving a thing of value from a lobbyist or principal.
- Two counts of using his office as a member of the Alabama House of Representatives for personal gain.
- Four Counts of lobbying an executive department or agency for a fee.
- One count of using state equipment, materials, etc. for private gain.
[DOCUMENT: Mike Hubbard indictment (.pdf)]
Hubbard faces a maximum penalty of two to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $30,000 for each count.
Hubbard and his attorney, J. Mark White, released the following statement after his arrest:
"If there was any doubt by any body that this is a political witch hunt it became crystal clear today when these allegations were brought two weeks before an election. The fact is that we have made big changes in cleaning up the way things are done in Montgomery. The fact is we have been very successful at getting big things done in Lee County including 3000 new jobs over he past four years. I'm sleeping well at night because I know the people of Lee County can see this for what it is and that's politics at its worst."
In a separate statement, White went on to say these charges are "baseless" and Hubbard "emphatically denies any wrongdoing."
Hubbard's legal team and supporters addressed the media in a news conference following his arrest, calling the indictments just weeks before elections nothing but pure politics. The news conference, with supporters wearing "I Like Mike" stickers, could have been mistaken for a campaign rally. Even sitting U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-District 3), who attended, made remarks indicating there is an attempt to damage Hubbard's image ahead of a potential gubernatorial run in 2018.
Attorney General Luther Strange has said he recused himself of the investigation to avoid any conflict of interest.