Robert Bentley arrives to testify in Mike Hubbard ethics trial

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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has arrived at a Lee County courthouse to testify in the ethics trial of Alabama House speaker Mike Hubbard.

Bentley is expected to be one of the first witnesses Wednesday morning. Prosecutors will ask Bentley about meetings with Hubbard and if Hubbard lobbied him on behalf of a business client. Alabama ethics law prohibits legislators from being paid to lobby executive branch offices.

The governor was met at the courthouse by his legal adviser, personal attorney and spokeswoman.

Bentley’s testimony is expected to be a dramatic moment in the corruption trial of the Republican speaker.

Hubbard faces 23 ethics charges accusing him of using his political positions to make $2.3 million in work and investments. Hubbard has maintained his innocence.

However, the Republican governor in recent months has been at the center of his own scandal. Bentley admitted making sexually charged remarks to a former female aide.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

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