Jury chosen for ethics trial of House Speaker Mike Hubbard

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Rep. Mike Hubbard (Photo Courtesy: Glenn Baeske/The Huntsville Times 2011)

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Lawyers have picked a jury for House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s ethics trial scheduled to start next week.

Our news partners at al.com report that Lee County Judge Jacob Walker on Wednesday instructed the panel not to discuss the high-profile case.

The panel of 12 jurors and four alternates is made up of five black men, four white men, four black women and three white women.

Hubbard faces 23 felony ethics charges accusing him of using his public positions to make money and obtain financial favors from lobbyists and others with business before the Alabama Legislature. Hubbard has pleaded not guilty and maintained the transactions were legal.

Walker said he intends to start the trial Tuesday.