Mike Hubbard seeks new trial post-conviction

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Mike Hubbard looks at family and friends sitting in the courtroom as deputies wait to take Hubbard into custody on Friday, June 10, 2016. [Photo Credit: AP, Pool | Todd Van Emst]

Former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard has asked for a new trial, saying, among other claims, the state allowed improper expert testimony regarding Alabama ethics law, in their efforts to secure convictions against him.

Hubbard’s attorney Bill Baxley claims former Alabama Ethics Commission Executive Director Jim Sumner was improperly allowed to testify about the intent of the state’s ethics law.

Hubbard’s attorneys filed the request Friday asking a judge to reverse Hubbard’s conviction, or allow a new trial, contending Hubbard did not receive a fair and impartial trial.

On June 10, Hubbard was convicted on 12 of 23 counts of corruption, which automatically removed the powerful Republican from both the Legislature and the speaker’s office, ending the upward trajectory of the one-time GOP star whose career previously appeared to have no limits. On July 8, he was sentenced to a total of four years in prison, eight years on probation and ordered to pay a $210,000 fine.

Hubbard is currently out on bond.

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