Mike Hubbard asks judge to dismiss ethics case

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Indicted House Speaker Mike Hubbard has asked a judge to dismiss ethics charges against him because prosecutors disclosed the names of some grand jury witnesses in a court filing.

Hubbard’s defense team filed the motion Wednesday. Defense lawyer say prosecutors violated grand jury secrecy laws. The Republican speaker asked the judge to dismiss all charges against him on the grounds of prosecutorial misconduct.

Prosecutors in the court filing opposed defense efforts to subpoena the grand jury court reporter. It included a May letter from prosecutors to Hubbard’s defense saying they had already provided transcripts of grand jury testimony by Hubbard, former Gov. Bob Riley and others.

The Republican speaker faces 23 felony ethics charges accusing him of using his public offices to benefit his businesses.

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