House Speaker Mike Hubbard Found Guilty on 12 of 23 Charges
A jury has convicted Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard on 12 charges of violating the state ethics law.
The jury returned the verdict Friday evening after deliberating for seven hours. Sentencing is set for next month.
Hubbard faced 23 felony ethics charges accusing him of using political positions as House speaker and chairman of the state GOP to make money and investments from lobbyists and company owners.
Prosecutors said Hubbard used the power of his office to improperly benefit his companies and clients and to try to obtain two point three million dollars worth of work, investments and financial favors.
Hubbard's defense argued that the transactions were legal and within the bounds of the ethics law and exemptions for normal business dealings and longstanding friendships.
Hubbard testified in his own defense. Governor Robert Bentley and former Governor Bob Riley testified during the trial.