Judge to hold hearing in Mike Hubbard ethics case

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Lawyers in the ethics case against Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard are headed to court for the first time since Hubbard’s lead defense lawyer asked to withdraw from the case.

Circuit Judge Jacob Walker indicated he plans to discuss any issues caused by the departure during a hearing Friday in Opelika. Those discussions could include if Hubbard’s March 28 trial should be postponed.

Hubbard’s defense also wants to question lead prosecutor Matt Hart after Hart sent a copy of the withdrawal motion to a reporter while it was still under seal.

The attorney general’s office says Hart didn’t realize the document was under seal and has since apologized.

Hubbard is accused of using his office to benefit his clients and businesses. His defense argues the transactions were legal.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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