11 of 12 felony ethics convictions of former AL House Speaker Mike Hubbard upheld

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals upheld 11 of 12 felony ethics convictions for former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard in a ruling Monday. 

In June of 2016, a jury convicted Hubbard of 12 felony ethics violations.. He was sentenced to four years in prison and eight years probation. Hubbard appealed, and remained free on bond during the appeal. 

The jury in 2016 found him guilty on one count of legislator conflict of interest, eight counts of lobbying for personal gain, one count of use of position for personal gain, and two counts of legislator illegal fees.

In the ruling issued Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, the court reversed one of the convictions–the conviction on conflict of interest, which was in reference to a vote on the General Fund budget. The Court found “the State failed to present any legal evidence from which the jury by fair inference could have found that Hubbard had a conflict of interest when he voted on the General Fund Budget bill.”

When asked for comment, the Alabama Attorney General’s Office said they are reviewing the Court decision and have no further comment at this time. 

Click here to read the Court’s full ruling on the appeal. 

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