Hubbard loses lead defense lawyer ahead of ethics trial

Hubbard loses lead defense lawyer ahead of ethics trial

Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Indicted House Speaker Mike Hubbard is losing his high-power lawyer three months ahead of his trial on ethics charges.

Defense lawyer Mark White filed a motion Thursday to withdraw from Hubbard's legal team. The other lawyers in White's team also withdrew.

Hubbard has other lawyers working for him. However, White was the lead defense lawyer and the spokesman for the team.

Hubbard faces 23 ethics charges accusing him of using his public offices -as speaker and his former position as chairman of the Alabama Republican Party- to drum up investments and business for his companies.

He has maintained his innocence and is scheduled to go to trial March 28.

The motion to withdraw was initially filed under seal, but Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker ordered it made public.

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