Governor Bentley to testify in trial of House speaker Wednesday

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is taking the witness stand in the ethics trial of the state’s House speaker.

Prosecutors plan to call Bentley to testify Wednesday morning about meetings with House Speaker Mike Hubbard and if Hubbard lobbied him on behalf of a business client. Alabama ethics law prohibits legislators from being paid to lobby executive branch offices.

Bentley’s testimony is expected to be a dramatic moment in the corruption trial of the Republican speaker.

Hubbard faces 23 ethics charges accusing him of using his political positions to make $2.3 million in work and investments. Hubbard has maintained his innocence.

However, the Republican governor in recent months has been at the center of his own scandal. Bentley admitted making sexually charged remarks to a former female aide.