Judge refuses investigation of Mike Hubbard’s ethics trial

Mike Hubbard, former Alabama Speaker of the House, waves before a post trial hearing at the Lee County Justice Center in Opelika, Ala., on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. Hubbard was found guilty 12 counts of felony ethics charges on June 10, 2016. Albert Cesare/Montgomery Advertiser/Pool

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — A judge is refusing a request by former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard to have a sheriff investigate whether there was juror misconduct at his ethics trial.

But Judge Jacob Walker said Friday he is open to taking testimony from a juror who says another juror made biased remarks.

Hubbard is seeking a new trial after being convicted on 12 felony ethics charges and removed from office. His lawyers submitted an affidavit from a juror who says another made biased remarks.

During a hearing, the court administrator testified that one juror complained early in the trial that another was saying things like “now the truth is coming out.” She says the juror was asked to be quiet.

Prosecutors say there was no evidence of misconduct or an unfair trial.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s