It’s a historic case, Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard convicted for 12 out of 23 ethics charges.
Those charges included using his office to solicit contracts, lobbying, and receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars from private interests.
“The sentence imposed in each case shall call for the least restrictive sanction that is consistent with the protection of the public.”
And this Friday Mike Hubbard will find out the consequence of his crimes at a sentencing hearing.
“The law says you are supposed to evaluate whether or not someone is a danger to the community or likely to repeat,” said Rusty Johnston/ Ret. 13th Judicial Circuit Judge.
Hubbard was removed from office when he was convicted last month.
“Well it’s a classic public corruption case,” said Buzz Jordan, who served had served as a US attorney and assistant district attorney before going into private law. He says the federal prosecutors want to see jail time.
“To send the message to other political figures that ethics laws are important,” said Jordan.
Each charge carries the potential for 2 to 20 years in prison. Johnston thinks some jail time is likely.
“I think he’ll be sentenced anywhere from three to 8 years in the penitentiary, but then again he may not be sleeping in the penitentiary, a heavy fine and or restitution,” said Johnston.
“Well obviously the speaker’s lawyer will be asking for probation because of his stellar career up until that point,” said Jordan.
And there’s a lot riding on Hubbard’s sentencing.
“That’s probably one of the worst things you can do in state government or city government, or federal government is where you benefit personally from your position from trust, you know, you can’t do business with me unless you pay me, well that’s horrible, and that can affect the state’s ability to for years to come.”
Federal prosecutors want Hubbard to serve five years in prison, pay about a million dollars in restitution and over $300,000 in fines.