Attorney asks requests ethics case against lawmaker to play out in court

State Rep. Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, talks with newly elected Republican state representatives Thursday, Oct. 4, 2010, in Montgomery, Ala., after they recommended him for speaker of the House. (AP Photo/ Phillip Rawls)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A prosecutor in Montgomery says claims of prosecutorial misconduct in the ethics case against House Speaker Mike Hubbard should play out in state court.

U.S. Attorney George Beck responded to a letter in a news conference Friday from legislators seeking a probe of the Hubbard prosecution.

Beck says it was not a “federal issue.” He added that legislators have their own power to investigate.

More than three dozen legislators sent a letter Thursday to Beck and U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch seeking the probe. The request came after a campaign consultant said he had conversations with a prosecutor and tried to damage Hubbard politically with information.

Beck says he will seek guidance if any federal elections laws were at stake but it doesn’t mean an investigation will initiate.

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