Hubbard seeks to delay ethics trial until fall

Hubbard seeks to delay ethics trial until fall

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - House Speaker Mike Hubbard has asked a judge to delay his trial on ethics charges until the fall of this year.

Hubbard's attorneys, in the request filed Friday morning, said a delay is needed after Hubbard's lead lawyer left the case last week and because of the number of outstanding motions remaining to be decided.

Defense lawyer Lance Bell wrote that that the case is complicated and involves a large amount of documents.

Hubbard is now scheduled to go to trial March 28 during the 2016 legislative session.

Hubbard faces 23 felony ethics charges. He is accused of using his public positions to benefit his clients and businesses. He has pleaded not guilty and maintained the transactions were legal.

Prosecutors indicated last week that they would oppose a trial delay.

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