OPELIKA, AL (WSFA) - I was reminded recently just how long ago Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard, was indicted by a grand jury and charged with 23 class B felonies. It was October of 2014; more than a year and a half ago. Delay after delay made me start to wonder if this trial would ever begin. Well, that time has come.
Alabama's Speaker has brought loads of negative attention to our state over the last year and a half, due to the charges levied against him and the seemingly never ending delays to the impending trial. It would be hard to imagine a storyline that could draw attention away from such a trial involving our state's Speaker and the abuse of power charges levied against him. But, this is Alabama, and our governor and our Supreme Court chief justice are doing their best to keep Mr. Hubbard off the 6 o'clock news.
So we now have a jury set over in Lee County. They will have front row seats to what will surely be a fierce battle for one man's integrity, office and ultimately freedom. I don't think it's far-fetched to say Alabama is also on trial, as the country will also witness yet another circus involving Alabama politicians.
In the end, Alabamians need this trial behind us so we can put to an end of all the rumor and innuendo, and get back to Alabama politics as usual, or better yet, not the usual
Alabama politics, perceived and real, must turn a corner once and for all, and now this pivotal moment in time has my eyes squarely focused on a Lee County courthouse.