The defense is denying prosecutors’ claims that Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard wrongfully made more than $2.3 million off his powerful legislative position.
Hubbard attorney Bill Baxley told jurors in opening statements Tuesday that Hubbard has done nothing wrong.
Baxley says a 23-count felony indictment against Hubbard is “mumbo jumbo.” And he says Alabama’s ethics law contains exemptions that cover things like normal business dealings and friendships.
The state claims Hubbard used his elected office and former position as state GOP chairman to illegally receive contracts, investments and business totally nearly $2.3 million.
Hubbard’s trial comes at a tough time for Alabama Republicans. Gov. Robert Bentley faces possible impeachment over a sexually charged scandal. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is suspended and faces possible removal for allegedly violating judicial ethics.