Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker denied another request from House Speaker Mike Hubbard‘s legal team to delay his ethics trial.
Hubbard’s lawyers had told the judge they needed more time to sort through what they claimed were truckloads of documents to prepare for the trial.
Walker said the attorneys should be prepared to go to trial as scheduled, with jury selection beginning the week of May 16 and opening arguments commencing the week after that.
Hubbard currently faces 23 felony charges of using his office for personal gain. He has been accused of using his position as Speaker of the House, and formerly as chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, to solicit jobs and investments in businesses with which he was involved.
Further, Hubbard is accused of lobbying members of the executive branch for consulting clients and aiding in the inclusion of General Fund language to benefit a client.
Hubbard has maintained his innocence and was reelected despite the felony allegations.