What they’re saying: Alabama reacts to ruling in Mike Hubbard appeal

Mike Hubbard

On Friday, the Alabama Supreme Court upheld six ethics convictions against former Alabama Speaker Mike Hubbard while simultaneously reversing conviction on five other charges.

On June 10, 2016, 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. He was later sentenced to a total of four years in prison and eight years on probation, and ordered to pay a $210,000 fine.

In June 2019 Hubbard asked the Alabama Supreme Court to overturn his conviction.

Here’s what Alabama politicians are saying of the Alabama Supreme Court’s decision:

Governor Kay Ivey:

Today’s ruling from the Alabama Supreme Court is the culmination of four years of deliberation, and I support and accept their findings. As an elected official, our first priority is to be above reproach and avoid even the appearance of misconduct and abuse of office.

“I support seeking clarity on our state’s ethics laws to ensure those who want to abide by them may not be unfairly targeted. However, let me be abundantly clear, I do not support weakening a system that is meant to hold our elected officials accountable. The rule of law must be upheld.

“Even more so on this Good Friday, my thoughts and prayers are on Mike Hubbard’s family and upon our state as we move on from this unfortunate part of Alabama’s history.”

Alabama House Speaker Mac McCutcheon

“The Supreme Court’s ruling has made it clear that our ethics law has flaws that must be addressed.  Our task now is to fix those flaws without weakening any of the provisions that make our ethics law among the toughest in the country.

“As a former police officer, I believe that strict ethics requirements offer a much needed deterrent to corruption.  By following the roadmap suggested by the State Supreme Court, we can preserve that deterrent while firmly holding those who abuse their office accountable for their actions.”