Testimony resumes in Mike Hubbard ethics trial

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Mike Hubbard walks to courthouse
Mike Hubbard and Susan Hubbard walk to the Lee County Justice Center to start the second week of trial. May 31, 2016. [Photo Credit: AP, Pool | Todd Van Emst]

Testimony resumes Friday in the ethics trial of Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard.

Prosecutors have accused Hubbard of using his positions as GOP party chairman and house speaker to generate $2.3 million in work and investments for his companies.

Hubbard has maintained his innocence and argued the transactions were within the bounds of the state ethics law that includes exemptions for normal business dealings and longstanding friendships.

Hubbard would be removed from office automatically if convicted on even one of 23 charges accusing him of using his political positions for personal financial gain.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley testified earlier this week about meetings he had with Hubbard on economic development projects that could have indirectly benefited Hubbard’s business clients.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

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