Ex-governor Bob Riley takes the stand in Mike Hubbard trial

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Former Alabama Gov. Bob Riley is returning for what will be his third day of testimony in the ethics trial of House Speaker Mike Hubbard.

A defense lawyer on Tuesday will continue his cross-examination of the former governor. Riley, who became a lobbyist after leaving office, testified earlier in the trial that Hubbard asked to work at his lobbying firm after being laid off from his job.

Hubbard faces 23 felony ethics charges accusing him of using his political positions to make money and seek financial favors, investments and employment from lobbyists and people with business before the Alabama Legislature. He is also accused of being improperly paid to lobby the governor’s office on economic development projects that could indirectly benefit his clients.

Hubbard says he’s innocent and the transactions were legal.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

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